Back Pain Specialist

Re3 Innovative Neuroscience Institute -  - Neurosurgery

Re3 Innovative Neuroscience Institute

Neurosurgery located in Sarasota, FL & North Port, FL

Everyone knows how back pain can disrupt your everyday life. The expert team at Re3 Innovative Neuroscience Institute in Sarasota, Florida, knows 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 to set up your consultation.

Back Pain

When should I see a doctor about my back pain?

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 have you feeling normal and fully functional again.

If your pain is chronic and hasn’t improved over a few weeks, it’s time to visit the Re3 Innovative Neuroscience Institute. Symptoms that require a doctor’s attention to your back pain include:

  • Severe pain or pain that doesn’t fade with rest
  • Pain that radiates down one or both legs, especially if you feel it below your knee
  • Weak, numb, or tingling leg or legs
  • Unexplained weight loss

Additionally, if your back pain, of any duration, is associated with a fever or new bowel or bladder issues, seek immediate care.

What causes back pain?

While back pain is common, a number of factors heighten your risk:

  • Age, especially after 30 and 40 years old
  • Lack of exercise, especially weakness in your back and abdomen (core)
  • Excess weight, because being overweight adds unnecessary stress to your back
  • Improper lifting form, especially lifting with your back instead of your legs
  • Smoking, which reduces blood flow to your spine

In addition to these risk factors, multiple other health conditions are associated with chronic back pain. These include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Skeletal irregularities, like scoliosis
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Muscle or ligament strain

Whatever the cause, the team at Re3 Innovative Neuroscience Institute has multiple options to offer you relief of your back pain.

How can I fix my back pain?

The Re3 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 more problematic causes. Further examination may require imaging, blood, bone, or nerve tests for accurate and precise diagnosis.

The severity of your pain is a factor in the appropriate treatment option.

Acute pain

If the pain is acute, Re3 may recommend a regimen of over-the-counter pain medication, heat pads, and light activity, provided it doesn’t increase your pain. In more chronic cases, prescription medication, like muscle relaxants or narcotics, anti-inflammatory steroid injections, or activity and exercise under the guidance of a professional physical therapist may be necessary.

More extreme cases

In the more extreme cases where there is unrelenting pain, obstruction of your nerves, or structural problems, Re3 may recommend minimally invasive procedures, like injection therapies and neuromodulatory treatments, or surgery.

Injection therapies include platelet rich plasma (PRP) and stem cell therapy, both of which concentrate your body’s own natural healing process on your spine. Neuromodulatory treatments include spinal cord stimulation which uses low-level electrical signals to alter pain signaling from your back to your brain.

The expertise of the Re3 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 hasn’t gone away after a few weeks, or it keeps coming back, schedule a consultation with the Re3 Innovative Neuroscience Institute.