Back Pain

Rana's Family Medical -  - Primary Care

Rana's Family Medical

Primary Care Practice & Family Medicine located in Wilburton, OK

A leading cause of disability worldwide, acute and chronic back pain are among the most common reasons to call in sick to work. Gerald D. Rana, Jr., DO, DPH, of Rana’s Family Medical Clinic in Wilburton, Oklahoma, is a board-certified family physician who takes a whole-person approach to relieving your back pain. Dr. Rana takes the time to get to you know you and uses state-of-the-art technology to identify the underlying cause of your back pain. He prescribes a treatment plan that fits into your lifestyle and health needs so you get long-term relief. Call to schedule an appointment, or book online.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Your spine supports your whole body and keeps you upright, so anytime you put added pressure on your back or participate in an activity that puts you at risk of injury, you may experience back pain. From muscle strains to herniated discs, there are numerous potential causes of back pain, including:

  • Ligament and muscle strains
  • Ruptured or bulging discs
  • Osteoporosis
  • Lack of exercise
  • Improper lifting
  • Being overweight
  • Getting older
  • Arthritis
  • Vertebrae stress fractures
  • Sciatica
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Structural problems

You can develop back pain from sitting too much, and you can develop back pain from overactivity. In most cases, you can ease symptoms with rest, heat, and ice, but if your back pain becomes chronic, it can prevent you from participating in an active lifestyle, or simply make it hard to get through your daily routine.

How do I prevent back pain?

Dr. Rana evaluates the cause of your back pain so he can recommend a personalized treatment plan to relieve your pain and help prevent it from returning. Depending on the cause of your pain, he may recommend improving your overall physical condition to prevent future back pain. In some cases, low-impact aerobic activities can help increase your endurance and strengthen weak back muscles.

Walking, swimming, and yoga are often beneficial for gentle stretching and helping you build flexibility so your muscles can better support your spine. Having a strong core and lower back, and maintaining a healthy weight can also prevent back pain.

Additionally, improving your posture, both standing and sitting, can alleviate lower back pain. Remember not to twist when lifting heavy objects, and let your legs do most of the work.

What treatments are effective for back pain?

Your treatment depends on the underlying cause of your back pain. If rest and home remedies like ice or heat don’t help, Dr. Rana may suggest physical therapy or massage to loosen tight muscles. Ibuprofen can help reduce inflammation, too. If your back pain is the result of arthritis or a herniated disc, Dr. Rana creates a comprehensive treatment plan to address those issues.

When back pain prevents you from going to work or participating in your daily routine without interruption, it’s time to seek medical treatment. Schedule an appointment by phone, or use the online booking system. Same-day appointments are often available.