Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists
Pain Management and Regenerative Medicine located in Northern Virginia
Back pain is a worldwide leading cause of medical cost, disability and missed work. At Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists in Arlington, Virginia, Drs. John Huffman and Talal Ghazal treat acute and chronic back pain with a variety of conservative and interventional as well as surgical treatments. To book a consultation for management of 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 originate from many different conditions and injuries. It is very important to get a professional diagnosis and find an effective treatment if the symptoms are affecting your activities of daily living (ADL’s) and quality of life (QoL). Regardless of the cause, treating your back pain can keep it from becoming worse and more disabling. Common causes of back pain include:
- Muscle strain
- Herniated discs
- Vertebra fractures
- Degenerative disc disease
- Scoliosis and structural deformities
- Cancer (primary and metastatic)
Many of the injuries leading to back pain develop because of poor posture, awkward movements, and lifting techniques. It can also be caused by remaining in the same position for a extended periods of time as you work, drive, or sleep. Your IPRMS physicians can help you explore the factors leading to your back pain and teach you to be more mindful of your positioning in an attempt to prevent further problems.
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 back pain by resting and conservative care at home. You should consider visiting Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists for treatment if your back pain lasts despite home treatment or if it coincides with:
- Lower extremity focal weakness
- Leg pain or numbness
- Urinary or fecal incontinence
- Noticeable inflammation and swelling in the back
- A recent traumatic injury
When you come in for your appointment, your IPRMS physician will perform a physical exam and ask you to describe your symptoms. They may order blood tests, X-rays or other imaging studies such as CT scan or MRI to find the cause of your pain and develop an effective treatment plan.
What are my treatment options for back pain?
Drs. Huffman and Ghazal create 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 non-interventional and interventional management.
Your doctors typically recommend lifestyle changes like being mindful of your posture, taking breaks from prolonged sitting, weight loss and exercising to build muscle to relieve your back pain symptoms.
Certain medications can ease inflammation and back pain, like muscle relaxants, over-the-counter pain relievers, topical pain relievers, and more. Taking your medications as prescribed can help relieve muscle tension or block pain signals. Your IPRMS physician might also recommend other categories of prescription medication if warranted.
Your doctors might also recommend certain therapies like, massage therapy, or physical therapy and acupuncture. These treatments can help restore your spinal alignment and strengthen the muscles in your back.
If back pain persists despite conservative management, consideration for injection therapies can be considered. These include epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, medial branch nerve diagnostic blocks, and radiofrequency ablation. In more refractory cases that do not require surgery or that have failed surgical intervention, treatments such as spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and intrathecal drug delivery (IDDS) can be considered in addition to long-term opioid pain management.
If your back pain causes you to miss work often or if it disrupts your daily quality of life in any way, call Interventional Pain and Regenerative Medicine Specialists, or book a consultation online today.
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