Back Pain Treatment In Pittsburgh PA
Back pain is a common problem affecting tens of millions of Americans each year. The back is a complex structure that contains many different types of tissues (bones, muscles, nerves, tendons, etc). This is why it is important to get a proper consultation and examination from a doctor who specializes in back pain problems.
The Many Forms of Back Pain
Back pain comes in many forms. Sometimes the pain feels like a deep dull ache. It can feel sharp & stabbing (especially during motion). There is throbbing pain, electrical pain, and pain that may radiate into your buttocks, down your leg, or around your rib cage. The quality of the pain may give us important clues as to what tissues & structures are involved. It is important to correct the root cause that is holding you back from doing the things you need to do, want to do, or love to do.
If you’ve been suffering from pain and want to feel better fast, call us to schedule a consultation.
A Proper Workup
A proper workup involves checking the range of motion, and posture, checking the integrity of each joint, palpating the muscles to detect spasms, checking the alignment, doing orthopedic and neurological tests, and testing the functional strength & stability of the back. From this, the doctor can zero in on the specific areas of trouble.
How We Treat Back Pain
After we have all the required information needed to make an accurate diagnosis, our Doctor creates a treatment plan. Your therapeutic trial may consist of corrective chiropractic adjustments, spinal decompression, soft tissue treatments, laser therapy, pulse wave therapy, and rehabilitation. The Doctor may also prescribe herbal or botanical anti-inflammatory supplements. These therapies do not hurt and are very effective at giving long-lasting relief from your toughest pain.
The place to start is by calling us and booking a consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if back pain is serious?
- You’ve been in pain for more than a month.
- You have bowel or bladder problems.
- The pain is accompanied by numbness or tingling going down your legs or arms.
- Your pain is worse at specific times of the day (like when you wake up in the morning).
- The pain travels to other areas of your body (like to the groin, or down your legs).
What are the common causes of back pain?
Back pain can be caused by many things like trauma (from a sports injury or a car accident), sitting at a desk for many years, being overweight, pregnancy, poor posture, arthritis, or even disc problems. That’s why it’s important to have a thorough consultation & examination with a doctor familiar with back issues.
What are the red flags for back pain?
“Red flags” include pain that lasts more than 2 months; pain in persons younger than 16 years or older than 60 years; pain that radiates below the knee; a history of major trauma (like a car accident); problems with your bowel or bladder; pain that is accompanied by numbness or tingling.
What is the fastest way to relieve back pain?
The fastest way to relieve back pain is chiropractic, exercise, spinal decompression & cold laser.
When should back pain be alarming?
If you are losing control over your bowel or bladder, it could be a neurological emergency.
How can you tell if the problem is muscular or something else?
Different tissues can have specific types of pain. For example, if the problem is coming from a muscle, it is commonly dull & achy. If it is coming from a joint, the pain is typically sharp & stabbing. Vascular problems are accompanied by throbbing pain. Nerve pain is commonly electrical in nature. Low oxygen (hypoxia) is burning.