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There are two types of back injuries: acute and chronic. Acute back injuries can be characterized by a single incident, while chronic back injuries are due to repeated occurrences.

Back injuries can be caused by anything that overstresses the spine, such as severe bending, twisting or lifting heavy objects. Back injuries can result from many different causes and not just a single accident. For example, working at a desk for long periods or lifting heavy objects can cause back injuries. These injuries are also due to other reasons such as sitting or lying in certain ways that put an uneven amount of stress on the muscles and neck. Injuries like these can be serious, because they strain the back muscles, disc and ligaments over time and make it more difficult to carry out daily tasks. A person's genetics and aging can also contribute to a higher chance of injury in the lower back since they often lead to decreased flexibility and strength.

Backache is an ache felt in the area of the human body corresponding to the distribution of lumbar nerves from one or both lumbar nerve roots.

Which doctor should I contact for a back injury?

This depends on the severity of the back pain and the presence of other medical problems.

It is recommended to consult a physiotherapist if:

-lower back pain without redness, heat, numbness, or tingling (sciatica)

- pain after a new injury that gets worse with movements that put pressure on the lower back (spinal stenosis)

-pain after an injury when you don't know what caused it (a pinched nerve)

-Swelling of the leg that extends from the thigh to the lower leg but is absent in both legs (deep vein thrombosis).

Back injuries can range from mild to severe. However, the majority of people experience some form of back pain at some point in their lives.

In situations where you are experiencing intense or chronic back pain, it is best to talk to your doctor who will be able to diagnose and assess the injury.

Since 2016 in Richmond VA RVA Physical Therapy And Sports Rehab center can help with all described conditions. To schedule a consultation or request more information about available services contact the RVA Physical Therapy team by phone at (804) 396 6753 or send an email to

You can visit the therapy center at 2620 A Gaskins Rd, Henrico, VA 23238, USA.

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