Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common types of chronic pain and is only second to the common cold in reasons for why adult Americans visit the doctor. Back pain can be chronic, meaning long-term, or acute, meaning short-term. Acute back pain can be mitigated through conservative measures, such as hot or cold compresses, rest, massage therapy, or over-the-counter pain relievers. For chronic cases, we can recommend a number of treatment options to address your pain.

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Symptoms depend on the patient’s underlying condition. Most commonly patients experience pain but vary in the type, duration, and intensity. A patient’s back pain may be accompanied by other symptoms like leg numbness, muscle spasms, limited mobility, and tightness in the low back, hips, and pelvis. Patients with back pain lasting longer than three months should see a specialist.

A number of conditions, injuries, and diseases can cause back pain. For example, back pain may arise from an underlying condition, such as arthritis, degenerative disc disease, sciatica, herniated or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, and osteoporosis. A direct injury, overuse injury, or severe trauma can cause injury to your back as well.

Treatments depend on the cause. Interventional therapies for back pain include steroid injections, trigger point injections, nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, and nerve stimulation. Severe cases caused by degeneration or herniated discs may require minimally invasive spine surgery. We may recommend regular intervals of rest, hot and cold compresses, and over-the-counter pain medications in between interventional pain treatments.

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