Back pain can keep you sitting on the sidelines of life. Fortunately, the pain experts at Metro Pain and Vein Centers can help get rid of your pain and get you back to the activities you love. With offices in Clifton, Middletown, Riverdale, Edison, and Jersey City, New Jersey, and Staten Island and Ardsley, New York, the expert pain management doctors can help you get lasting relief from chronic and acute back pain. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
Lower back pain can take many forms because the back is made up of many different structures. You may develop back pain for a short period of time due to an injury or accident. This is called acute back pain. Or, you may develop long-term back pain as the result of repeated activity or a degenerative condition, such as arthritis. This is called chronic back pain, and it is defined as lasting for three months or longer.
Depending on its cause, your symptoms may be one or a combination of the following:
If lower back pain is interfering with your ability to complete daily activities or sleep, you should schedule a consultation with Metro Pain and Vein Centers as soon as possible.
Common causes of back pain include:
These can happen when you lift something improperly, twist awkwardly, or stretch too far.
This pain results from something pinching your sciatic nerve, which begins in your lower back and branches down to your buttocks, legs, and feet.
This happens when a disc that cushions one of the vertebrae in your spine moves out of place or breaks open.
These can happen due to overexertion, direct blows, or falls.
You’re more likely to develop back pain if you’re age 40 or over, don’t exercise regularly, are overweight or obese, smoke, or have poor posture.
To diagnose your back pain, your doctor will perform a physical exam and ask about your symptoms. Furthermore, they may order tests, such as an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan, blood test, or bone scan.
Treatment will likely involve medications, including painkillers, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, and injectable steroids, as well as help to correct habits that may be contributing to the pain. Physical therapy for back pain can improve your strength, flexibility, and posture, which can both relieve your back pain and help prevent it from returning.
To put your back pain behind you, book an appointment with Metro Pain and Vein Centers online or over the phone today.