Everyone knows how back pain can disrupt your everyday life. At Re Innovative Neuroscience Institute, we know how to get you back on your feet and feeling your best.
Physicians and neurosurgeons work together to deliver the best care that not only treats your back pain but prevents it from coming back.
Call the office today at (941) 893-2688 to set up your consultation appointment.
WHAT CAUSES IT?
While back pain is common, a number of factors heighten your risk:
Age - particularly after 30 and 40 years old
Lack of exercise - causes weakness in the back and abdomen
Excess weight - adds unnecessary stress to your back
Improper lifting form - particularly lifting with the back instead of the legs
Smoking - reduces blood flow to the spine
In addition to these risk factors, multiple other health conditions are associated with chronic back pain.
Skeletal irregularities, like scoliosis
Muscle or ligament strain
Whatever the cause, the Re team has multiple options to offer for relieving back pain.
WHEN SHOULD I SEE A DOCTOR?
Nearly everyone experiences back pain. While prevention is key in the long term, usually a few weeks of rest and self-care at home will result in feeling normal and fully functional again.
If the pain has not subsided within a few weeks, then it may be a sign of chronic back pain.
Back pain symptoms that require a doctor’s attention include:
Severe pain or pain that does not fade with rest
Pain that radiates down one or both legs, especially below the knee
Weak, numb, or tingling leg or legs
Unexplained weight loss
Additionally, if your back pain is associated with a fever or new bowel or bladder issues, seek immediate care.
HOW CAN IT BE TREATED?
The Re physicians perform a physical examination of your back and assess your ability to sit, stand, walk, and lift your legs. This information helps determine the source of your pain and rules out other problematic causes.
Further examination may require imaging and blood, bone, or nerve tests for accurate and precise diagnosis.
The severity of your pain is a factor in the appropriate treatment option.
We recommend a regimen of over-the-counter pain medication, heat pads, and light activity (provided it doesn’t increase your pain).
For more chronic cases, prescription medication such as muscle relaxants and narcotics, anti-inflammatory steroid injections, or activity and exercise under the guidance of a professional physical therapist may be necessary.
MORE EXTREME PAIN
For cases with unrelenting pain, obstruction of your nerves, or structural problems, we may recommend minimally invasive procedures, such as injection therapies and neuromodulatory treatments, or surgery.
Injection therapies include platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy, both of which concentrate the body’s natural healing process on the spine.
Neuromodulatory treatments include spinal cord stimulation, which uses low-level electrical signals to alter pain signaling from the back to the brain.
The expertise of the Re team focuses on minimizing the invasiveness of treatments, but if surgery remains the best option, the neurosurgeons have decades of experience delivering long-lasting pain relief and back health.
If your back pain has not subsided after a few weeks or keeps coming back, schedule a consultation with one of our providers by calling the office at (941) 893-2688.