Back Pain

Pain Management, PRP & Weight Loss Clinic located in Powder Springs, GA

Back Pain services offered in Powder Springs, GA

Getting older may increase your risk of back problems, but more than 40% of adults struggling with back pain are between 18-40 years old. Douglas Cox, FNP-BC, and the skilled providers at L&D Medical Center in Powder Springs, Georgia, have years of experience helping adults overcome back pain. They provide the full range of medical care, including their specialty, interventional treatments that target the joints and nerves causing your pain. Don’t give up on finding relief from back pain. Call the office or book online today.

What causes back pain?

It’s no surprise back pain can strike at an early age when you consider that your lower spine supports the full weight of your upper body. Back pain often occurs when you stretch or tear ligaments and muscles, whether due to an injury or during daily activities. 

Degenerative changes develop over the years, causing a range of painful conditions, such as:

  • Herniated discs
  • Facet joint osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
  • Slipped vertebrae
  • Thickened ligaments
  • Bone spurs
  • Pinched nerves (radiculopathy)
  • Compression fractures (due to osteoporosis)

Though not common, your back pain could also arise from a spinal tumor or infection.

What symptoms accompany back pain?

Back pain varies from a dull ache to a sharp, debilitating pain. You may feel the pain in your back and down one leg, a problem that occurs if you have a pinched spinal nerve. The most common example is sciatica, which causes electric-shock pain shooting down one leg.

Pinched nerves also cause tingling, burning sensations, or numbness. A severely damaged nerve may lead to muscle weakness or the loss of bladder and bowel control — signs of a serious problem that needs immediate medical attention.

How is back pain treated?

Your provider at L&D Medical Center reviews your medical history and symptoms and completes a physical exam. They may need to obtain X-rays or an MRI to view the tissues and identify injuries.

The first line of back pain treatment includes pain medications, muscle relaxants, and limiting activities that cause pain. Your provider may also recommend physical therapy, a topical pain reliever, or corticosteroid injections.

If your pain doesn’t improve, your provider recommends interventional treatments that target the nerves and joints causing your symptoms. A few examples include:

  • Epidural corticosteroid injections (to reduce nerve inflammation)
  • Facet joint injections (to treat arthritis pain)
  • Spinal cord stimulation (treats all causes of pain by blocking nerve signals)
  • Radiofrequency ablation (blocks nerve signals by wounding the nerve)
  • Sacroiliac joint injection (reduces inflammation in the joint connecting your hip and spine)

If you have a herniated disc, your provider may perform a percutaneous discectomy. During this procedure, they use a needle to remove a small amount of the disc, taking pressure off the nerve and easing your pain.

If you need relief from back pain, call L&D Medical Center or book an appointment online today.

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