If you suffer from regular back pain, you’re not alone. Nearly 31 million Americans struggle with lower back pain at any given time, and it’s one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. Though back pain can make any activity seem like a chore, you don’t have to settle for a life of pain. Dr. Kenneth Alleyne at Eastern Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Bloomfield and South Windsor, Connecticut and Midtown East of New York, New York, offers the latest in minimally invasive treatment options for your back pain. Call Dr. Alleyne to learn more about your treatment options, or schedule your appointment online.
Back pain occurs for a wide variety of reasons and is most commonly linked to your physical activity or lifestyle habits. Some examples include:
Lifting a heavy object incorrectly or making a sudden movement that places stress on your back can lead to muscle and ligament strains.
Your spine features a number of small cushions in between each vertebra called discs. These discs can bulge from their resting position or even rupture, pressing against a nerve near your spine and causing pain.
Long-term wear and tear on your spine can lead to osteoarthritis, which causes bone to grind on bone. Arthritis in your back may also lead to spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the space around your spinal cord.
If you suffer from scoliosis or other spinal abnormalities, you may start experiencing some back pain later in life.
Just about anyone can develop back pain, though there are some factors that might increase your risk, including:
Poor posture, including sitting for too long without standing, can also lead to back pain.
How Dr. Alleyne treats your back pain depends on the condition causing your pain. In a large majority of cases, physical therapy and exercise, along with proper rest, are all you need to begin recovering from your pain. Strengthening your back and abdominal muscles keeps you from injuring the back muscles that can lead to strains.
If you’re experiencing too much pain to start physical therapy, Dr. Alleyne may provide pain-relieving treatments, such as electrical stimulation or heat therapy. Pain-relieving medications can also help reduce your pain and inflammation and let you start strengthening your back.
Should more conservative treatments prove ineffective, or if you have an injury that is too severe to respond to these treatments, you may require surgery. Back conditions that require surgery are usually structural problems, such as a herniated disc or spinal stenosis.
Are you suffering from back pain that’s getting in the way of your life? Let Dr. Alleyne provide his proven expertise. Call Eastern Orthopedics and Sports Medicine to schedule your consultation, or book online.