Back Pain

Apex Integrated Medical Center

Physical Medicine Specialists & Regenerative Medicine Specialists located in West Loop, Chicago, IL

Back pain is one of the leading causes of missed workdays in the United States. The team at Apex Integrated Medical Center in West Loop of Chicago offers a holistic, compassionate approach to treating back pain, including chiropractic care. If you suffer from back pain, call or book an appointment online to find relief today.

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Back pain is one of the most prevalent physical problems, affecting about 80% of adults at some point in life. Pain in your back can range from a constant, dull ache to a sharp, stabbing sensation. Any type of back pain can make it difficult, or even impossible, to work and perform daily tasks.

Most of the time, back pain is short-term (acute), lasting only a few days or weeks. When back pain persists longer than 12 weeks, it’s considered chronic.

What causes back pain?

There are many causes of back pain. The compassionate providers at Apex Integrated Medical Center treat back pain that results from a variety of conditions, including:

Sprains and strains

Muscle strains and ligament sprains are among the most common causes of back pain. These injuries may occur while you’re participating in sports or everyday activities, like yard work.

Disc degeneration

Discs are small cushions that sit in between your backbones (vertebrae). These discs naturally begin to shrink and wear down with age. If they collapse completely, it may cause the facet joints in your vertebrae to grind against one another, causing pain.

Sciatica

Sciatica is a common cause of low back pain that results from pressure on the sciatic nerve. This condition may cause pain to radiate down your buttock and the back of your leg.

Skeletal irregularities

Scoliosis is one of the most common skeletal irregularities. This condition causes an abnormal curve in your spine that can lead to back pain.

How is back pain treated?

First, your caring provider at Apex Integrated Medical Center carefully reviews your symptoms and medical history. They perform a physical exam and may take tests, like an X-ray or blood test.

After they determine the underlying cause of your back pain, your provider develops a personalized treatment plan. The team at Apex Integrated Medical Center believes that every patient is unique and that there are no cookie-cutter treatments.

Depending on your particular condition, your individualized plan for back pain relief may include:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Physical therapy

For the multidisciplinary treatment of back pain, call Apex Integrated Medical Center or book an appointment online today.