The expert back pain specialists at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City take a personalized approach to back pain treatment, considering each patient’s needs, goals, and quality of life.
Back pain is common; it can range from a minor nuisance that resolves on its own, to a chronic problem that limits mobility and diminishes quality of life. In most cases, back pain does not require urgent care. But, when the pain persists and does not improve after a few days, medical attention may be needed.
Individuals should also contact a physician if their pain is the result of trauma or if their low back pain is accompanied by the following symptoms:
- Fever and chills
- Unexplained recent weight loss
- Significant leg weakness
- Sudden bowel and/or bladder incontinence—either difficulty passing urine or having a bowel movement, or loss of control of urination or bowel movement (cauda equina syndrome)
Back Pain in Different Populations
Some types of lower back pain have a tendency to occur in certain populations. Younger adults—those roughly 30 to 60 years old—are more likely to experience back pain from the disc space itself (e.g. lumbar disc herniation or degenerative disc disease) or from a back muscle strain or other soft tissue strain.
Treatment for the Full Range of Back Pain Conditions
No matter what kind of back pain a patient is experiencing, our back pain specialists work with patients to help them function at their highest level and improve quality of life. We treat back pain resulting from the full spectrum of spinal conditions, including:
- Bulging discs (also called herniated discs)
- Disc degeneration
- Spinal stenosis
- Compression fractures
Our goal is to provide each patient with complete back pain relief. Each custom care plan incorporates the latest medical advances as well as more traditional methods like physical and occupational therapy.