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Back Pain Specialist

Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists -  - Pain Management

Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists

Pain Management and Regenerative Medicine located in Northern Virginia

Back pain is a worldwide leading cause of disability and missed work. At Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists in Arlington, Virginia, John Huffman, MD, treats back pain and helps prevent it in the future. To book a consultation for back pain, call Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists, or schedule an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain can stem from many different conditions and injuries. It’s important to get a professional diagnosis and find an effective treatment if it affects your day-to-day life.  Regardless of the cause, treating your back pain can keep it from worsening. Common causes of back pain are:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Herniated discs
  • Vertebrae fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney complications
  • Spinal infections

Many of the injuries leading to back pain develop because of poor posture, awkward movements, and lifting techniques, or remaining in the same position for a long time as you work, drive, or sleep. Dr. Huffman can help you explore the factors leading to your back pain and teach you to be more mindful of your positioning to prevent further suffering. 

When should I book an appointment for back pain?

Not all back pain is permanent or requires professional care. In many cases, you can find relief from your back pain by resting and caring for it at home. You should consider visiting Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists for treatment if your back pain lasts through home treatment or if it coincides with:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • A fever
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
  • Numbness
  • Pain in your legs or knees
  • Noticeable inflammation and swelling
  • A recent traumatic injury

When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Huffman will perform a physical exam and ask you to describe your symptoms. He might also use an imaging scan, like an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to view the structures and tissues in your back and find signs of wear-and-tear or an acute injury. 

What are my treatment options for back pain?

Dr. Huffman creates an individualized treatment plan to address your back pain and improve your quality of life. Your plan includes a combination of lifestyle adjustments, medications, and various forms of therapy:

Lifestyle changes

Dr. Huffman typically recommends lifestyle changes like being mindful of your posture, taking breaks from prolonged sitting, and exercising to build muscle to relieve your back pain. 

Medications

Certain medications can ease inflammation and pain in your back, like muscle relaxants, over-the-counter pain relievers, topical pain relievers, and more. Taking your medications as prescribed can help relieve tension or block pain signals from traveling to your brain. Dr. Huffman might also recommend intrathecal drug delivery for consistent and fast-acting medication effectiveness.

Therapies

Dr. Huffman might also recommend certain therapies like spinal cord stimulation, massage therapy, or physical therapy. These treatments can help restore your spinal alignment or strengthen the muscles in your back.

If your back pain causes you to skip work often or if it disrupts your daily life in any way, call Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists, or book a consultation online today.