It is important to differentiate between acute and chronic back pain. Acute back pain is defined as pain less than 3 months duration. Full recovery can be expected in 85% of adults with acute back pain which is not accompanied by leg pain. Most of these patients have pain that is aggravated by motion and relieved by rest. A medical evaluation will be helpful to rule any more serious cause for the pain and symptoms.
Chronic low back pain is defined as pain lasting longer than 12 weeks. Patients with chronic low back pain account for 50% of back pain costs. Risk factors include being overweight, older age, prior history of back pain, smoking, and psychological distress .A comprehensive interdisciplinary approach that can help the patient address and reverse the various factors that have lead up to a state of disability is often most helpful.
At Healing Choices, we provide access not only to appropriate medical and diagnostic evaluations, but also provide a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to assist the patient with his treatment and rehabilitation program.