Back Pain Specialist
Back pain is a serious issue
Nearly 70 million Americans live with back pain, making it the second most reported cause of distress at medical facilities across the country. If you have back pain, Ira Siegel, MD, at Pain Center of NJ can help. Dr. Siegel specializes in treating back injuries and chronic spinal pain without the need for surgical intervention. You can take advantage of his experience at Pain Center of NJ's locations in West Orange, Bayonne, Union City, Ridgefield, Edison, and Union, New Jersey. Call the most convenient office or book an appointment online today.
Back Pain Q & A
What is back pain?
Back pain is discomfort that you feel in any part of your spine or the surrounding tissues. It can vary from a dull, low-intensity throbbing in your back to a series of sharp or stabbing sensations through your spine that make it hard to move.
There are three types of back pain:
Acute back pain lasts from several days to several weeks
Subacute back pain lasts between one and three months
Chronic back pain persists for more than three months
As many as four out of every five people in the United States are likely to experience some sort of serious back pain at least once during their lives. However, many don't take their back pain seriously until it becomes too severe to live with.
By consulting a back pain expert like Dr. Siegel from the start, you can avoid losing so much time and energy to this potentially disabling disorder.
What conditions might give me back pain?
Some of the most common conditions responsible for back pain include:
Herniated or bulging discs
Degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis)
Degenerative disc disease
Scoliosis and other skeletal irregularities
Radiculopathy (nerve compression)
Most cases of back pain are a result of mechanical issues in your body, where parts of your spine get damaged or pushed out of place.
Sciatica, for example, is a common cause of shooting pain down one leg due to compression of the sciatic nerve in your lower back (lumbar radiculopathy). The nerve compression that causes sciatica is likely to stem from a bulging or herniated disc, where the core of the disc pushes against or through its outer layer.
What treatments are available for back pain?
For many patients, Dr. Siegel finds non-invasive physical therapies are excellent for reducing pain and improving function. Regular physical therapy sessions combined with exercises at home can make a significant difference to the majority of patients, whatever the cause of their back pain.
Medication may also be helpful to manage back pain and enable you to do your physical therapy. However, it doesn't address the cause of your condition and cannot cure your back pain.
If your pain is muscular or comes from the fascia – the stretchy connective tissue that covers and links your muscles – Dr. Siegel can treat it using trigger point injections. These injections contain local anesthetic or steroid medication that eases inflammation and pain in tight, knotted tissues.
Other injections of steroids and anesthetic might also be necessary for persistent spinal pain. Options include epidural steroid injections, nerve blocks, transforaminal injections, and facet joint injections.
For help with your back pain, call Pain Center of NJ or book an appointment online today.