If you have back pain, you are not alone. Back pain is a leading cause of doctor visits and the most common cause of disability in the United States. This pain can range in severity from mild to excruciating. It may last only a few days or persist for many months. Dr He is a leading board-certified back pain specialist in New Jersey who can help you with personalized treatment plan.
Symptoms of back pain vary depending on the underlying cause. It can be sharp and stabbing or dull and achy. Pain may worsen with certain activities, such as bending and lifting.
Treatment of back pain starts with conservative treatment such as physical therapy, chiropractic treatment and acupuncture. If symptoms persist, interventional pain management such as epidural steroid injection and facet joint injection will be the next step. Back surgery will be considered when patient has severe back injuries.
There are numerous causes of low back pain, from age-related changes in your spine to muscle strains from lifting heavy things. Our expert team treats all types of low back pain, including:
Depending on the cause, your low back pain may occur suddenly, or it may develop gradually and worsen over time.
First, our providers review your symptoms and medical history. Our providers may ask you to describe when the pain started and whether it improves or worsens with changes in activity.
Then, our providers carefully examine your back and check for areas of pain and ask you to bend in different directions to evaluate your range of motion. our doctors may also take tests, such as a digital X-ray, to look for abnormalities.
Once doctors determine the cause of your low back pain , doctors will recommend the best course of treatment for your specific condition. Treatment for low back pain may include:
If your low back pain doesn’t improve after several months of conservative treatment, you may be a candidate for surgery.
If you got up in the morning with sudden back pain without particular reason, try massage, heat or cold packs and gentle exercise. Stay active and don’t rest for too long. Bed rest may be needed for sudden and severe pain but only for a very short time, generally no more than two days. Too much bed rest lengthens recovery time and prolongs pain. The best thing for you to do to is remain active. Taking regular pain medication is often important to help keep you moving. Staying gently active through stretching, gentle exercising and walking will help your back to recover. Begin to exercise regularly, for short periods of time and gradually increase the amount you do as it feels more comfortable.
If you have significant back pain caused by injury with radiating pain to lower extremities (leg or foot) and/or numbness, you probably need intervention of a doctor.
Most cases of back pain are exacerbated by lifestyle factors including: