Back pain is widespread among adults and can lead to a loss of work time and diminished quality of life. You may feel achy or have radiating pain that makes it hard to function. If you live in Atlanta and Suburban Metro Atlanta, consult pain management specialist Khalique Rehman, MD, at My Pain Clinic when your back starts hurting. He treats your symptoms to provide relief and determines the cause of your pain to discourage it from returning. My Pain Clinic has convenient locations in Stockbridge and Norcross, Georgia. We encourage you to call or use the online booking tool to make an appointment.
You may experience acute back or musculoskeletal pain due to an accident, fall, or sports injury. Poor posture, sitting for extended periods of time, heavy lifting, pushing or pulling, and overexertion are other reasons you may suffer. If you don't manage your acute pain there are chances it may become chronic pain.
Back pain can range in severity from mild to intense. The cause of your back pain may be a result of:
The lower back is the most common place to experience back pain, but you may feel it anywhere along your spine, including your neck.
Dr. Rehman takes a detailed health history, conducts a thorough physical examination to inform his diagnosis. He offers a customized treatment plan based on your symptoms, the possible causes, and how long you’ve experienced the pain in correlation with the findings on X-Rays, CT, MRI, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound and Electrodiagnosis. In some cases, blood tests are also required to diagnose certain conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis.
You may undergo specific tests, including X-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans. X-rays reveal detail about the bones in your spine, CT scans help the doctor see herniated discs, and MRIs reveal much about the status of your discs and the nerve routes.
Back pain that lasts longer than 2-3 weeks, causes numbness in your lower body, makes you feverish, or results from an injury may require special attention. If back pain occurs suddenly, contact My Pain Clinic.
Treatment depends very much on the cause of your pain. Dr. Rehman may recommend specific lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and exercise as treatment. He also may suggest heat, ice, and non-prescription anti-inflammatories. Medications, injections, and surgery are only recommended in particular instances and after a thorough examination.
It can be difficult to move during acute pain, but minimal stretching, short walk, and a mild exercise regimen can help to improve your pain. You can also use cold and heat, however, in acute phase use cold, and for achy and stiff muscles apply heat. The rest help you feel better, but activity is just as crucial in healing back pain. Dr. Rehman can advise whether you have a condition that requires absolute rest or mild to moderate exercise. In most cases, you should walk around, which encourages circulation and promotes strong back muscles. In many instances, Dr. Rehman recommends you for physical therapy and guide therapist what kinds of exercises are appropriate for your diagnosis.
How can I prevent back pain?
Stay active and maintain a healthy weight, engage in regular exercise regimen.. Avoid sitting or standing for extended periods, if possible. Be mindful when you move heavy objects — lift, push, and pull from your legs.
If back pain is troubling you, call Dr. Rehman at My Pain Clinic or book your appointment online today.