The back is made of a complex structure of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, and damage to any of these components can result in minor to severe back pain. If you’re experiencing acute or chronic back pain, Uday Bhatt, MD, and his team at NJ Spine and Pain Center PC can help you determine the cause of your condition and the best option for effective relief at any of their locations in Hamilton Square, Monroe, or Flemington, New Jersey. To speak with Dr. Bhatt about your back pain, book an appointment at one of the locations by phone or online today.
Most back pain can be classified as either mechanical or compressive. Mechanical causes of back pain include injuries like a fall, heavy lifting, and sudden awkward movements. Most cases of mechanical back pain are referred to as back strains. Back strains result from injuries to the spine’s facet joints, discs, ligaments, or muscles.
Compressive back pain is caused by irritation or compression of the nerves along the spine. Conditions like bone spurs or herniated discs are the most common cause of compressive back pain.
Other conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis can also affect the back, causing damage to the bones and joints in the spine. Back pain can occur suddenly or gradually and worsen over time. Pain that lasts longer than three months is referred to as chronic back pain.
Although anyone can develop back pain, there are certain factors that increase your risks. These include:
Back pain can affect anyone, including children and teens, but it’s much more common in people 30 and over. Excess body weight and lack of physical activity also increase your chances of developing back pain. If your job requires repetitive or heavy lifting, you’re also more likely to develop mechanical back pain. At NJ Spine and Pain Center PC, Dr. Bhatt can provide you with an accurate diagnosis for effectively treating your back pain.
Treating your back pain first requires a diagnosis of your condition. Depending on the underlying cause of your condition, there are a number of possible treatment options. To diagnose your condition, Dr. Bhatt first performs a physical exam to check your back and your ability to sit, stand, walk, and lift your legs. Based on your initial exam, he may also perform several other evaluations including an X-ray, CT scan, MRI, or blood test. These tests help Dr. Bhatt determine the severity of your condition and the underlying cause of your symptoms.
For most minor or acute back pain, symptoms can be relieved with at-home care. A few days of bed rest and some over-the-counter pain medicine are usually effective treatment. You and Dr. Bhatt discuss techniques and exercises you can do at home to increase your flexibility and ward off future back pain.
If your back pain is chronic or severe, Dr. Bhatt may suggest medications or injections to address the cause of your condition. Patients who are unresponsive to these methods may require surgery for effective treatment. Dr. Bhatt specializes in conservative pain treatment, exhausting all nonsurgical options before surgery is considered.
To find out the best treatment for your back pain, book an appointment at NJ Spine and Pain Center PC by phone or online today.