While almost everyone experiences mild to moderate back pain occasionally, around 16 million American adults live with persistent and severe back pain that interferes with their day-to-day life. The team at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine in Chevy Chase and Greenbelt, Maryland, provides expert diagnostics to identify the source of your back pain, followed by personalized, multidisciplinary treatment plans to reduce your pain and heal your body. Call the practice or schedule a consultation online today if back pain is limiting your life.
Back pain can have many sources. It can start in the muscles, connective tissue, bones, or nerves in your back. You might injure your back while participating in your favorite sport or moving a heavy object, or pain could develop from repetitive movements.
Some of the most prevalent causes of back pain include:
Your risk of back pain increases with age, as your bone, muscle, and connective tissues become drier and more vulnerable to injury. Your weight and lifestyle also contribute to your chances of experiencing back pain.
If you have a sore back after helping a friend move or overdoing it at the gym, your discomfort typically subsides with a few days of rest and at-home care. More serious issues persist and might cause progressively severe pain instead of getting better.
You should make an appointment with the team at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine if you have persistent back pain that interferes with your life. Other indications that you should see a doctor include a visible deformity, pain that keeps you awake at night, and signs of nerve damage such as numbness and tingling or electric sensations.
The team at APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine provides thorough exams and diagnostic testing to identify the source of your back pain. During your exam, they feel your spine and back for deformities, inflammation, and other abnormalities.
Your doctor might ask you to perform some stretches so they can see how your pain limits your mobility, or whether certain movements trigger your symptoms.
After evaluating your condition, your physician creates a customized, multidisciplinary treatment program to relieve your pain and heal your back. Depending on your needs, your plan could include a combination of:
In cases where conservative treatments don't relieve your pain, your orthopedist might recommend spinal surgery to repair your spine.
Don't ignore your pain or assume it's merely a sign of aging. Call APMI Orthopaedics, Sports Health & Regenerative Medicine or make an appointment online today for expert, patient-focused care.