Spring cleaning, yardwork, lugging heavy suitcases around the airport — these are all excuses the physicians at Centra Care heard over the last week from the nearly 200 patients that came in complaining of an aching back.
The fact is, about 80 percent of people will experience some type of back pain during their lifetime. Acute back pain can cause pain ranging from a dull, lingering ache to a sudden, sharp pain. It usually comes on suddenly and lasts for a few days to a few weeks. Once the pain has lasted over three months, it is considered chronic.
Most back pain eventually goes away on its own. While resting can help, staying in bed for days at a time can make the pain worse. A little rest and over the counter pain relievers will bring better results.
WHEN TO VISIT CENTRA CARE
If you’ve got an aching back and your pain doesn’t improve after a few days, is severe or was caused by an injury, head to your neighborhood Centra Care or call your doctor.