CONDITION CHECK TOOL
Identifying the source of your back pain is the first step towards finding the right treatment option. Use our tool below to confidentially identify your current spine condition or to confirm an existing condition you may be worried about.
Follow Steps 1 through 4 in order to describe your pain, tell us the symptoms you’re experiencing and provide a brief pain history to complete your condition check and get your results directly from one of our spine specialists.
Online Condition Check Tool
Back pain can range from dull, intermittent aches to sudden sharp pains that make it impossible to move. It can start quickly after an injury or it can get worse slowly over time.
Who Can Get Back Pain?
Anyone can have back pain, but there are some factors that increase your risk:
- Aging — The older you get, the more you are predisposed to back pain.
- Poor Physical Fitness — People who are not physically fit are more likely to get back pain.
- Obesity — Obesity can put too much pressure on the back, leading to pain.
- Genetics — Some forms of back pain, such as a type of arthritis known as ankylosing spondylitis, can have a hereditary component.
- Disease and Ailments — Cancer and some other type of arthritis can cause back pain.
- Work — If your job involves lifting heavy weights or sitting at a desk all day, you may also be predisposed to back pain.
- Smoking — When you smoke, your body is unable to get all the nutrients it needs. Smoking may also cause coughs, which can lead to back pain. People who smoke also take a longer time to heal from back pain.
Causes of Back Pain
There are many reasons why back pain may occur. Examples include disk degeneration, muscle spasms, tense muscles, herniated discs, scoliosis and spondylolisthesis. Back pain may also be caused by spinal stenosis, injuries from sprains, fractures and accidents that cause trauma to your back.
Whatever the cause of your back pain, and regardless of whether it’s dull or severe, having this pain diagnosed quickly and efficiently is important. Use our online condition check tool to self-diagnose your pain and start finding treatment options today.