Back pain is less common than neck pain or low back pain, but it is still a common cause of back pain. It is thought that back pain may be more common in people who do jobs that involve sitting or slouching for long periods of time.
The diagnosis of back pain is made by clinical evaluation of the patient. The doctor will look to identify risk factors and underlying causes of back pain. Imaging tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs, may be ordered to rule out other causes of back pain, such as herniated discs or scoliosis.
Treatment of back pain depends on the underlying cause of the back pain and may include a combination of therapies.
Some treatment options include:
The application of heat in dorsalgia can be beneficial to relieve pain and stiffness in the cervical area. The heat can help increase blood flow and relax tense and tight muscles.
Manual therapy can be useful in some cases to reduce pain and improve dorsal mobility.
Physical therapy can help relieve back pain and improve mobility. Stretching and strengthening exercises may be helpful.
Analgesic and anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to relieve pain and inflammation in the back area.
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