Back Pain

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Most people experience back pain at some point in their life. Back pain can range from mild aching to burning, debilitating pain. There are several potential conditions that may cause back pain, including:

  • Muscle strains and other soft tissue injuries
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Spine injuries
  • Spinal cord compression
  • Spinal instability
  • Fractures
  • Osteoporosis

Strains to the muscles and ligaments in the lower back cause many cases of back pain. Issues like heavy lifting, sitting or standing for long periods of time, and sporting activities that require twisting of the lower back (like basketball, baseball, or golf) can all result in back pain.

Certain factors like excess weight, weak abdominal muscles, and a forward-tilted pelvis can increase your risk of developing back pain. Symptoms like muscle spasms, stiffness, and restricted movement often accompany back pain.

At Town Center Orthopaedics, the team can determine the underlying cause of your back pain and the best options for effective pain relief.

How is back pain diagnosed?

Understanding the underlying cause of your back pain is essential to successful treatment. During the appointment, your doctor performs a thorough examination, including a physical exam, imaging tests, and a review of your medical history. Town Center Orthopaedics offers a number of advanced in-office diagnostics like X-rays.

After your diagnosis, the next step is developing a treatment plan for your back pain.

What back pain treatments might I receive?

Treatment depends on the severity of your back pain as well as the underlying cause. At Town Center Orthopaedics, the team treats most cases of back pain with conservative, non-surgical methods. Depending on your condition, treatment may include:

  • RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Epidural injections
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Spinal cord stimulator
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Medial branch block injections
  • Radiofrequency neurotomy
  • Bracing
  • Corticosteroids
  • Physical therapy

The team takes an integrative approach to patient care, so your doctor may combine a number of conservative treatments to relieve your back pain. Physical therapy plays an important role in back pain relief and can help you improve your strength, posture, and flexibility.

What if I need surgery for back pain?

If your back pain is severe or doesn’t improve with conservative treatment, you may need surgery. The orthopaedic specialists at Town Center Orthopaedics offer a number of safe and effective procedures like:

  • Lumbar decompression
  • Spinal fusion
  • Total disc replacement
  • X-STOP® implant

To speak with a doctor about your back pain, call Town Center Orthopaedics, or book online today.

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