Doctors understand the term “back pain” to mean all complaints of the lower back. This area extends from the lumbar spine between the base of the ribs to the hip. Most of the time, the pain is not dangerous and goes away after a few days to weeks, even without treatment.
If a clear cause for the pain in the back can be identified, it is referred to as “specific” back pain. Here, the triggering cause can be found and determined in the back itself or in other regions of the body. In the most common cases, however, no clear cause for the back pain can be identified. It is referred to as “non-specific” or “unspecific” back pain.
In addition, a distinction is made – depending on the duration – between acute and chronic back pain:
acute back pain: up to 6 weeks
subacute back pain: 6 – 12 weeks
Chronic back pain: longer than 12 weeks.
The most common causes of back pain include:
Causes outside the back (disease of the organs in the abdomen: diseases of the kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, pancreas or abdominal aorta).
Inflammatory diseases (rheumatic diseases affecting the spine)
Narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis)
Bulging and herniated discs
Back pain is usually accompanied by other complaints. These accompanying symptoms occur frequently:
sudden stabbing pain or muscle pain
limited mobility in the morning
Signs of paralysis in the legs or arms
Feeling of weakness
Problems with standing upright
Back check (basic)
Find and correct possible causes of any back problems. Identify and treat previously undetected deformities and misalignments of the back.
Diagnostics / Procedure
Physical examination. Consultation. subcutaneous injection, if necessary.
No specific preparation necessary
Referral to specialist colleagues, if necessary. Prescription, if necessary. Follow-up appointment.
Health insurance benefit, otherwise the current official regulation of charges for physicians (GOÄ) applies.
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