Difference Between Chronic and Acute Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common problems that affect men, women, and even children. In Chennai, doctors and medical experts handle numerous back pain cases every day. Previously, people in their old age or those with certain medical conditions would suffer from back pain problems. Today poor lifestyle choices, extended work time in a sitting position, lack of good posture while sitting, lack of exercise and several other factors have led to back pain issues in the working population of Chennai.

If you are someone experiencing a dull ache or severe and sharp back pain with no relief, seek the help of the best back pain specialists in Chennai immediately.

Back pain has become one of the major reasons why people remain absent for days at work. Many are unable to perform different physical activities and others suffer from multiple disabilities due to back pain.

There are two types of back pain that affect people: Acute Back Pain and Chronic Pain. It often raises many questions such as – What is the difference between chronic and acute back pain? What are the symptoms and treatment options for both types of pain? How do I know if my back pain is chronic? This blog aims to answer all your questions.

Acute Back Pain and Chronic Back Pain: Difference

Acute back pain affects people suddenly as a consequence of some injury, fall or accident. It most probably goes away in a matter of a few days. However, it sometimes may take close to six weeks for complete relief. Chronic pain, on the other hand, develops slowly and becomes worse progressively. This type of pain recurs and lasts for many months and is generally caused due to spinal injuries or spinal disorders and diseases. Find more about both types of back pain below.

Acute Lower Back Pain Causes

Acute back pain is generally caused when the soft tissues on the back which cover tendons, ligaments and muscles undergo strain or sprain. Different factors such as lifting heavy objects, improper posture while sitting or doing a certain physical activity, muscle spasms and injuries can lead to acute back pain. It usually resolves as soon as the specific problem causing it goes away. This can include:

  • Burns
  • Cuts
  • The sudden shock to the spine
  • And its supportive muscles
  • Childbirth

Once the acute back pain subsides, you can resume your daily routine.

Acute Back Pain Treatment

If the acute pain and its cause is a minor issue, it generally resolves by itself in a few days. Doctors or spine specialists may recommend some days of bed rest. If you experience mobility issues due to pain, appropriate medication will be provided. Sometimes therapies may be recommended to stretch muscles and strengthen them. You can seek the best back and neck pain treatment in Chennai for faster relief and full recovery from acute back pain.

Chronic Lower Back Pain Causes

The spine is one of the most important parts of the body and it has a complex structure. Therefore, various factors can cause chronic back pain in an individual. Some of the most common types of chronic back pain are caused by:

  • Disc degeneration disease
  • Disc herniation
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Compression fractures
  • Muscle injury
  • Fibromyalgia

Chronic pain can last a long time and may continue even after the problem causing it is resolved. Patients with chronic back pain often complain of tense muscles, limited ability to perform daily physical activities, and lack of energy and appetite. Moreover, such patients undergo enormous emotional trauma, anger, anxiety and depression.

Chronic Back Pain Treatment

In such cases where patients have chronic back pain, doctors do not recommend medications for long-term use. This is due to the fact that the body may start depending on the medication for pain relief and sometimes cause tolerance issues. Therefore, spine specialists take a combination of medical approaches to treat chronic back pain that includes:

  • Injections for pain management
  • Physical therapy sessions
  • Chiropractic care

When these measures do not work, surgery may be recommended as the last resort after examining the anatomy of the back of the patient.

Looking for the Best Back & Neck Pain Treatment in Chennai?

If you are suffering from acute or chronic back pain, seek the help of a doctor immediately before it is too late. Dr. Vignesh Pushparaj is one of the leading, trusted and highly experienced spine specialists in Chennai. He has successfully treated countless patients with back pain problems. He is also well-known for using the latest techniques, advanced technology and modern procedures for treating back problems and spine disorders. For the Top back and neck pain treatment in Chennai, consult Dr. Vignesh Pushparaj who is the Top spine surgeon in Chennai. For more details, contact us today.

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Dr. Vignesh Pushparaj received his primary medical qualification M.B.B.S from the Rajah Muthiah Medical College. He further completed his post gradation in the field of Orthopaedics from the same institution.

Post this, he had completed the AOSpine(Asia- pacific) long-time fellowship at Park Clinic Kolkata, fellowships (Paediatric spine deformity) offered by International Society for Spine Centres (ISOC) at Sint Maartenskliniek, Netherlands and Adult complex spine surgery by Indo American Spine Alliance(IASA) at the University of Michigan, USA.

Along with this he had got training in chronic pain management also.

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