Friday, January 25, 2013

Proper Diagnosis Can Alleviate Lingering Back Pain


Most people experience back pain at one time or another. Soreness after doing exercise or prolonged manual labor, particularly when that activity is rarely performed, can result in fatigued muscles. Usually, muscle fatigue disappears on its own in a few days. However, when pain persists or increases in intensity, then it’s time to consult your back doctor in NYC. Ignoring back pain often leads to more symptoms, so addressing your pain as soon as possible is extremely important.

While some back pain may be relieved with exercises and minimal treatment, other spinal problems can be serious and lead to limited mobility if not properly treated. Attempting to live through or ignore the pain may cause irreversible damage to spinal discs, causing them to rupture or become herniated, which can make the problem permanent. Talking to your doctor about persistent pain and receiving a proper examination can at least alleviate or even reverse the problem.

Numbing lower back pain is a problem that patients should definitely not ignore. This type of pain starts in the lower back and buttocks as a dull ache with added numbness and may run down the back of the legs. Such pain often indicates a slipped or herniated disc. Diagnosing and treating the problem in its initial stages is simple. Your back doctor will perform a physical exam, and then depending on the severity of the problem, recommend nonsurgical treatments such as painkillers, rest, and strengthening exercise. Nonsurgical treatments work in approximately 90 percent of patients. In cases where the problem worsens, surgery to remove the disc is an option.

Spinal stenosis is another condition that can cause persistent back pain. This condition is caused by gradual narrowing of the space surrounding the spinal cord or by nerves growing out of the spinal cord. It is a common condition for seniors and primarily affects people over 50. When it occurs in younger individuals, the condition is often caused by a traumatic injury. Symptoms are similar to those for ruptured discs, so it's important have your back doctor give you a thorough examination for proper diagnosis.

No matter what type of back pain you are experiencing, we are proud to serve as your trusted back doctors in NYC.

Call us at 212-604-1300 or request more information by clicking here. At New York Pain Care our goal is to get you started on a personalized treatment plan to find relief!

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