Physicians at Weill Cornell Medicine use a personalized approach — which considers patients’ goals and quality of life — to treat various types of back pain.
Back pain is a common issue and in most cases, 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)
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 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.
No matter what kind of back pain a patient is experiencing, our physicians work with patients to help them function at their highest level and improve quality of life. Each custom care plan incorporates the latest medical advances as well as more traditional methods like physical and occupational therapy.