It Feels Like My Back Is Exploding – What Should I Do?

Category: Spine | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: July 1, 2021

Exploding Back Pain

We’ve heard patients describe back pain in countless ways. Shooting, pulsing, radiating, sporadic, worse in the morning, awful at night, comes in waves, etc. We’ve even heard patients say that it feels like their back is exploding due to their spinal issue. The only thing that should be exploding anytime soon are the fireworks on the Fourth of July. So in today’s blog, we’re going to take a look at some of the spinal conditions that may make it feel as if your back is “exploding,” and we’re going to explain how Dr. Sinicropi can help treat these issues.

My Back Feels Like It’s Exploding

When it feels like fireworks are going off in your back, you know that you’re dealing with more than a minor muscle tear. But what types of conditions could leave you feeling like your back is exploding? Some of the most common spinal issues that can lead to symptoms of exploding back pain include:

There’s also the possibility that your symptoms are the result of extreme trauma, like what you might experience if you are involved in an automobile accident or if you suffer a significant fall.

Diagnosing and Treating Exploding Back Pain

If your back feels like it’s exploding, it’s important to head to a specialist or to your doctor’s office to figure out what’s going on in your spine. Because in order to treat your issue, we need to truly understand what you’re dealing with. That process begins with a diagnostic exam. We’ll start by asking about your symptoms, looking at your medical history and asking you to perform some movement exercises to see which actions cause symptoms to resolve or appear. Finally, we may order some imaging tests like an x-ray, MRI or CT scan to get a more detailed view of your spine.

Through all these techniques, we’re confident that we’ll be able to figure out exactly what’s causing your extreme discomfort. From there, it’s all about getting you set up with a targeted treatment plan. If surgery can be avoided, that will be the first avenue that will be pursued. Some of the most common non-operative treatment options include rest, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, strength training, corticosteroid injections and a combination of hot or cold therapy.

Minnesota Spine Surgery

If these methods don’t prove successful, we’re confident that we can help reduce or eliminate your pain with the help of a minimally invasive or open surgical procedure. Dr. Sinicropi and his team can walk you through your specific options should it come to this point, but for many patients, non-operative methods help quell their exploding back pain. So if you need help with exploding back pain or any other painful condition, reach out to Dr. Sinicropi and the team at Midwest Spine & Brain Institute today!

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