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Back Pain

Apex Neurology, Northern Medical Care PC

IV Drips & Neurologists located in Forest Hills, Midtown East, New York, and Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY

Medical research estimates that nearly 80% of American adults will experience back pain at some point during their lives. At Apex Neurology, Northern Medical Care PC in the Bronx and Forest Hills, New York, the physicians provide expert diagnosis and treatment for back pain. They combine a compassionate bedside manner with an informative approach to help you find pain relief while your back heals. Call or schedule an appointment online today for customized back pain treatment.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain is a prevalent condition, and you can experience chronic or acute pain anywhere along your spine or in the muscles or soft tissues of your back. You might have a sharp, shooting pain or a dull ache.

A variety of injuries or conditions could contribute to your back pain, such as:

  • An injury to the muscles or connective tissue
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated discs
  • Facet joint problems
  • Sacroiliac joint problems
  • Arthritis
  • Skeletal irregularities like scoliosis or stenosis
  • Osteoporosis

Your lifestyle can exacerbate back pain. For example, if you lead a sedentary lifestyle, are overweight, or if you smoke, your back pain may be worse or more difficult to treat.

If you’ve had back pain for more than three days without a reduction in your symptoms, if a tingling sensation in your legs accompanies your pain, or if you don’t find relief from over-the-counter pain medication, you should make an appointment with Dr. Ahmed at Apex Neurology, Northern Medical Care PC for diagnosis and treatment.

How is back pain diagnosed?

The doctor diagnoses the cause of your back pain with a comprehensive physical exam and a variety of diagnostic imaging tests. Your diagnosis begins with a conversation about your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history.

During the physical portion of your exam, the provider feels your spine and muscles, checking for inflammation and other abnormalities. He also guides you through a series of movements to gauge your range of motion and the severity of your pain. In some cases, the doctor may order imaging tests, like X-rays or an MRI, to examine your bones and soft tissues.

How is back pain treated?

After diagnosing the cause of your pain, the physicians create a customized treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and address any underlying conditions. In most cases, your program includes a combination of medication, hot and cold therapy, and physical therapy to strengthen your back and core, improve your flexibility, and restore your range of motion.

Depending on the root cause of your pain, the physicians may suggest facet joint injections, epidural injections, or sacroiliac joint blocks.

If back pain is disrupting your life, make an appointment with the physicians by calling Apex Neurology, Northern Medical Care PC or using the online booking tool.