Back pain can result from many different causes: uncomfortable desk chairs, manual labor, intense workouts, or even just the natural progression of aging. The aches and pains can make everyday life a little more difficult, from driving to just sitting at the dinner table. A little tweak here and there is expected and commonly will go away on its own within a few days. Normal pain medications can help alleviate the symptoms until they go away on their own.
Sometimes, however, the pain doesn’t go away. Experiencing lingering back pain or even worsening symptoms can indicate that something larger is at play. If you are navigating an aching back that seemingly won’t get better, it’s time to contact a spine specialist. NJ Spine & Orthopedic offers its spine and orthopedic treatment services to Germantown, PA, and we would love to do the same for you.
The root cause of back pain can vary, though common reasons include:
These acts can lead to the development of a spinal condition, which can affect either your upper or lower back regions. Common side effects can include pinched nerves, bulging discs, deviated discs, herniated discs, torn ligaments, or osteoarthritis. It can be hard to decipher between typical back pain and a diagnosable back condition, so it is important to speak with a professional and have them conduct an official examination. Many of these conditions can worsen if not treated properly, leading to possible permanent damage in your back and spine.
Our team of experts has been trained specifically to help with your potential spinal and orthopedic issues. If you are debating whether or not your back pain is serious enough to visit a specialist, a good rule of thumb is to consider the length of your pain. Has it lasted longer for two weeks? Is it accompanied by other painful side effects, like a fever, numbness, or unexplained weight loss? If so, the team of specialists and surgeons at NJ Spine & Orthopedic can help you with the following:
The first step in the process is diagnosing the condition. This will begin with a basic examination, followed by x-rays and possibly an MRI. Previous medical history will be referenced when diagnosing the cause of your discomfort. Identifying the exact reason for your pain will make it easier to develop a personalized treatment plan specifically catered to you.
Most spinal conditions can be treated conservatively. This means avoiding surgical procedures unless they are vital. It is also possible both options will be utilized simultaneously. Following the treatment plan provided by your doctor, common types of conservative treatments can include:
Pain management will be targeted first. Once that is under control, you can begin to strengthen the area of concern, which in many cases will aid in the healing process. Many back and spinal injuries do not require surgery to heal and can be treated fully with the proper lifestyle adjustments.
If conservative treatments are not working after a couple of months, your surgeon may recommend a surgical treatment option. Similarly, if your back pain is a result of a bad fall or accident or a failed surgery, they may recommend jumping straight to a corrective surgical procedure. The surgeons at NJ Spine & Orthopedic have been specially trained in the art of minimally invasive surgery, meaning quicker times, less scarring, and painless procedures. We offer a wide variety of options for many different possible conditions, some of which include:
Through a combination of state-of-the-art technology and an optimally-designed facility, we can offer a quick and easy alternative to traditional surgical procedures. Most incisions are smaller than a postage stamp.
We know how distracting and uncomfortable living with back pain can be. If your discomfort has lasted longer than it should and has become a serious problem, don’t ignore it any longer. NJ Spine & Orthopedic is here to help every step of the way. Our team is specifically qualified to both identify and dissolve your aches and pains. We believe in a people-first approach to spinal treatments and care, and that’s why we create a personalized course of action for each person who walks through our doors.