Few people go through life without experiencing back pain. But it’s an ongoing and disabling problem for many. If you have severe or chronic back pain, the Health East Medical Alliance team can help. The practice has offices at Schuylerville in the Bronx, Morris Heights in the Bronx, Brooklyn Heights in Brooklyn, and Staten Island in New York, and in Freehold, Englewood, and West New York, New Jersey. Their team provides expert back pain treatments, from physical therapy and steroid injections to minimally invasive procedures like percutaneous discectomy and cutting-edge surgery. Call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.
There are a lot of reasons why you might be experiencing back pain. These include:
Injuries to your back can be caused by physical activities like playing sports and working out, auto accidents, even everyday trips and falls. You can suffer muscle damage, overstretched tendons and ligaments, or a slight misalignment of your spine.
Common causes of chronic back pain often result from years of wear-and-tear. Examples include degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, and osteoarthritis. These conditions often pinch the spinal nerves, causing problems like sciatica. Osteoporosis makes your bones brittle and can lead to vertebral compression fractures.
Congenital diseases are ones you’re born with, like scoliosis, which causes your spine to curve to the left or right. A pronounced curve can cause chronic back pain.
Poor posture — slumping on the couch or sitting bent over your keyboard — and doing things like lifting heavy weights without bending your knees frequently result in back pain.
The Health East Medical Alliance team uses a combination of treatments for back pain. They usually begin with rest, gentle activities, therapeutic massage, and physical therapy to help the tissues heal. You might first need manual manipulation (like that provided by a chiropractor) if there’s any spinal misalignment.
Sometimes medications can help with the pain and enable you to do your exercises, but the team tries to avoid prescribing strong painkillers. These non-invasive treatments are often highly successful in fixing your back pain.
If they don’t work so well for you, you might benefit from one or more spinal injections.
Epidural steroid injections and facet joint injections deliver powerful anti-inflammatory drugs to the source of your pain. They often contain a local anesthetic for immediate, if short-lived, pain relief. Nerve blocks are local anesthetic injections that help diagnose pain as well as relieving it.
Health East Medical Alliance’s expert pain management team offers several alternatives to surgery that use minimally invasive techniques. These include radiofrequency ablation to deaden the spinal nerves, spinal cord stimulation, which uses an implantable device that interferes with pain signals, and percutaneous discectomy to remove damaged discs.
If no other suitable treatments for your back pain are available, surgery might be necessary. The Health East Medical Alliance team offers several procedures, depending on what’s causing your back pain and how severe it is. Examples include decompression surgery to relieve pressure in the spine and fusion to stabilize the spine after a disc removal.
For prompt and effective treatment of your back pain, call Health East Medical Alliance today or book an appointment online.