Eight in 10 people experience back pain at some time during their lives. Although back pain is common, without prompt diagnosis and treatment, it can lead to immobility, disability, or near-constant discomfort. At Pain Medicine Inc in Lakeland, Florida, triple board-certified pain management specialist Saqib Khan, MD, has years of experience providing effective relief for back pain. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.
Back pain is a common musculoskeletal problem that’s also the leading cause of disability worldwide. Pain can occur anywhere along the spine, resulting in irritation, inflammation, and general discomfort.
Almost everyone experiences back pain at some point, but if your symptoms persist or get progressively worse, it may point to a more serious underlying health problem.
Back pain affects everyone differently. Common indications include:
As back pain gets worse, you might also find it difficult to take a walk, climb a flight of stairs, or sit comfortably behind the wheel of your car.
Most cases of back pain resolve on their own with rest and conservative measures of care. If your pain persists for more than two weeks or it interferes with your ability to work or participate in your favorite activities, don’t wait to seek treatment at Pain Medicine Inc.
This is particularly true if your back pain causes bowel or bladder problems, occurs with a fever, or is due to a fall, accident, or work-related injury.
To diagnose back pain, Dr. Khan reviews your medical history, asks about your lifestyle and symptoms, and conducts a physical exam. During the exam, he examines your back and carefully assesses your ability to sit, stand, walk, and lift your legs. Next, Dr. Khan asks you to rate your pain on a scale of one to 10.
If Dr. Khan suspects your back pain is due to an illness or other underlying medical condition, he may order blood tests, a bone scan, or a nerve study. He can also order diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray or MRI, to get a closer look at the bones, joints, and muscles in your spine.
Treatment of back pain depends on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. Dr. Khan has more than 25 years of experience in pain management and anesthesiology, ensuring you receive the highest quality care.
Depending on your individual needs, Dr. Khan might recommend:
You might also benefit from regenerative medicine techniques like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections.
To learn more about your treatment options for back pain, schedule an appointment at Pain Medicine Inc. Call the office and speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online today.