What is back pain?
Back pain involves discomfort in your upper or lower back. If you suffer from this common health problem, you might experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Pain that worsens with lifting, bending, or walking
- Discomfort that improves with reclining
- Muscle aches in your back
- Stabbing or shooting pain
- Radiating pain down your leg
Back pain might resolve on its own with proper home care, come and go, or get worse over time. If back pain lingers and prevents you from completing everyday tasks or staying active, the pain management physicians at Raj Pain Clinic and Recovery Centers are here for you.
What causes back pain?
You might experience back pain from a sports, work-related, or automobile injury, or normal everyday wear-and-tear associated with age. Common causes of back discomfort include:
- Ruptured or bulging discs
- Ligament or muscle strains
- Skeletal irregularities
To diagnose the cause of back pain, your physician reviews your medical history, completes a physical exam, and may use MRIs, X-rays, or other imaging techniques.
How is back pain treated?
The pain management specialists at Raj Pain Clinic and Recovery Centers might recommend one or more of the following back pain treatments, depending on your needs:
Physical therapy helps stretch and strengthen areas within or near your back responsible for chronic pain. Your practitioner may use assisted stretching to optimize your results, and shows you which exercises to complete at home.
Sometimes the source of back pain is associated with spinal misalignment. Chiropractic specialists at Elite Pain Management and Recovery Centers use advanced spinal adjustment techniques to ease chronic pain and prevent it from returning.
Interventional pain management
With interventional pain management, your practitioner may use steroid injections or nerve blocks to relieve inflammation and back pain.
Surgery is often a last resort, but is sometimes necessary to ease back pain and fully restore body functions and your quality of life.
Don’t live with debilitating back pain when you don’t have to. Schedule an appointment with Raj Pain Clinic and Recovery Centers over the phone or online today.