Types of Low Back Pain

Dr. Melissa Guanche, Physiatrist at Baptist Health Neuroscience Center, explains there are 3 types of low back pain: acute, sub-acute and chronic.

Acute low back pain phase (lasts 4 weeks) resolves with over-the counter-medicines, rest and anti-inflammatories. Sub-acute (lasts 4 to 12 weeks) is not getting better despite typical exercises or stretches. Chronic low back pain (more than 12 weeks) is the most advanced phase, because the patient took medication for a long time, suffered its side effects and pain persists. His quality of life diminished.

The specialist recommends visiting the physician when the patient is in the acute or sub-acute phase.

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