Back and Leg Pain

Back pain is a common reason for patients to seek medical care. Most people experience back pain in one form or another, and there are many potential causes. Back pain can be divided into 2 broad categories:

Acute back pain is severe and has been going on for a short period of time.

  • Have you ever “thrown your back out,” or woken up with a back ache? Many of us have, and this is most commonly due to a muscle strain or overuse.

  • Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles of the core and back can protect you from another back injury.

  • For more information, and to learn about other causes and treatments of Acute back pain, click here.

Chronic back pain usually occurs every day over months or years.

  • Pain can be severe, but is often described as stiffness, achy, burning, and/or fatigue. Chronic back pain has multiple causes, including degenerative arthritis, muscle fatigue, and nerve compression.

  • Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles of the core and back can be an effective treatment. When nerve compression is involved, other treatments are often necessary.

  • For more information, and to learn about other causes of Chronic back pain, click here.

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Nicholas Schroeder, MD


Dr. Nicholas Schroeder is a orthopedic surgeon who is specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of spine conditions. Call today for an appointment with Dr. Schroeder.