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Back Pain

Back Pain

Back Pain Services located in Atlanta, GA

Back pain is among the most common musculoskeletal problems, affecting 8 in 10 people at some time. At Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, pain management specialists Kevin McCowan, MD, and Carisa Hines, MD, offer complete care for back pain. After an exam and diagnostic imaging, they make personalized treatment recommendations for lasting relief. Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today to schedule a back pain consultation, or book your appointment online.

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Back pain is aching, stiffness, and/or general discomfort in any part of the spine, from your neck to your lower back.

Most people have back pain occasionally, And it often improves with rest and activity changes. But if your symptoms continue or get worse, contact Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute. Most back pain responds to minimally invasive treatments and therapies.

When should I see a pain specialist about back pain?

Make an appointment at Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute if your back pain lasts longer than a few weeks. That’s particularly true if it occurs alongside other symptoms, like difficulty sleeping, pain and weakness in your legs, or unexplained weight loss.

What causes back pain?

Back pain occurs for various reasons, including:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis (an inflammatory spine disease)
  • Arthritis
  • Bulging or ruptured spinal discs
  • Muscle and ligament strains
  • Osteoporosis

Sometimes, back pain is due to repetitive strain or general wear-and-tear. For example, if you regularly squat, bend, or twist at your job, you’re more likely to experience back pain.

How is back pain diagnosed?

Your Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute provider reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and assesses your ability to stand, sit, walk, and lift your legs. These activities help your provider determine the cause of the pain and its impact on your mobility.

If your provider suspects an underlying medical problem — a broken bone or a herniated disc, for example — they order diagnostic imaging, like X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan. These procedures take clear photos of your bones, joints, and surrounding tissues.

How do pain specialists treat back pain?

Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute takes a conservative and minimally invasive approach to treating back pain. Your provider might recommend:

  • Prescription pain medication
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Topical pain relievers
  • Antidepressants
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Regenerative medicine (for example, platelet-rich plasma therapy PRP)
  • Medication management
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy

If your symptoms continue or worsen, surgery might be necessary. Your provider refers you to an orthopedic surgeon.

Can back pain be prevented?

Practicing good posture and staying in shape significantly reduce your risk of back pain. Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute recommends maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, and building muscle strength and flexibility.

Call Buckhead Injury Wellness Institute today to schedule treatment for back pain, or book your appointment online.