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Chronic Back Pain

You need a firm diagnosis from a prominent chronic pain doctor before receiving any chronic back pain treatment. You get that, as well as interventional therapies designed to relieve chronic back pain, at New York Pain Care. The specialty practice has offices in New York City’s Financial District, Greenwich Village and Midtown Manhattan. In New Jersey, find a chronic pain specialist and pain management expertise in Paramus, Riverdale, Englewood Cliffs, Cranford and East Brunswick. Call today to finally ease your back pain.

Is Chronic Back Pain Serious?

Your back consists of bones, discs, spinal nerves, tendons, ligaments, muscles and other soft tissue that work together to provide stability, support and smooth body movements. Any damage to these parts in your back can lead to incapacitating pain and reduced mobility. This affects your quality of life, since you can’t participate in your favorite sports or, in many cases, do other ordinary, everyday activities.

About 65 million Americans complain of back pain. Of these, 16 million suffer from chronic back pain. This is back pain that persists for 12 weeks or longer and affects your ability to live comfortably. The sensitivity of your back and the multiple functions it plays limit your mobility and flexibility. You require the attention of a chronic pain specialist who’s experienced with treating back pain.

Visit New York Pain Care, with offices in New York City and northern New Jersey. Dr. Amr Hosny and the expert team of chronic pain doctors offer life-changing chronic back pain treatment and interventional pain management. Your journey to a pain-free life begins with a consultation and accurate diagnosis.

What Conditions Cause Chronic Back Pain?

Chronic back pain mostly occurs because of mechanical problems in the spine caused by degenerative disc disease, a spine injury, complications from previous spinal surgery and other conditions that affect your back. Your spine is a complex structure that can suffer damage in a number of ways. Common causes of chronic back pain include:

Any changes to your spine structure can lead to debilitating pain, likely arising from nerve inflammation. Your spine doctor uses the latest diagnostic technology to identify the underlying cause of the pain. This forms the basis of your individualized chronic back pain treatment.

Am I Suffering from Chronic Back Pain?

If you’re suffering from nagging back pain, you need to see a spine specialist for a chronic back pain diagnosis. Symptoms that indicate you need to seek expert chronic back pain treatment include:

  • Dull aching pain in your back that persists for several weeks
  • Pain radiating down to your buttocks, legs and feet
  • Pain that worsens with body movements, such as twisting, walking or bending
  • Muscle aches
  • Shooting, burning or stabbing pain in your back
  • Numbness or tingling in one or both of your legs
  • Pain accompanied by loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Pain that lasts long after an injury or back surgery

An early, correct diagnosis makes all the difference in back pain treatment. Dr. Hosny is a board-certified, Harvard-trained, chronic pain doctor who helps patients suffering from diverse pain-causing conditions. The team at New York Pain Care treats you with compassion as they get to the root of your pain.

Who’s at Risk of Chronic Back Pain?

Back pain can develop at any age, but there are some factors that make you more vulnerable to chronic back pain, including:

  • Advanced age
  • Sedentary lifestyle and lack of exercise
  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Occupational factors
  • Some diseases, such as arthritis
  • Poor lifting habits
  • Smoking
  • Poor mental health, including depression

During treatment, your doctor discusses these factors as part of an integrative treatment plan. You are guided to make necessary changes in your lifestyle to reduce the risk of future chronic back pain.

What’s the Best Chronic Back Pain Treatment?

Treatment for chronic back pain depends on multiple factors, such as your spinal condition, the severity of spine damage, your age, your overall health and of course, your diagnosis. At New York Pain Care, your back doctor always begins with the least invasive treatment as part of an interventional treatment program. Treatment options for you may include:

  • Pain medications. As your spine doctor prefers not to prescribe potent pain medication, the recommendation may be to try muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory drugs such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and analgesics.
  • Physical therapy. With various physical therapies, you can retrain your posture, stretch back muscles, boost flexibility, strengthen core muscles and learn the best training exercises to keep you pain-free.
  • Aerobics. Exercises such as walking, swimming and biking all help reduce back pain with little or no pressure on your sensitive back nerves.
  • Lifestyle modifications. To reduce the risk of chronic back pain coming back, you must learn effective weight loss plans and better training techniques.
  • Pain-relieving steroid injections. Steroid injections contain corticosteroids and a local anesthetic. The steroid medication reduces inflammation and swelling, which relieves pressure on nerves and nerve roots. The anesthetic relieves pain if you have spinal disc herniation, spinal stenosis or other painful spinal conditions.
  • Alternative therapies. When warranted, procedures such as chiropractic care, acupuncture, laser therapy, biofeedback therapy and electrical nerve stimulation are recommended.

Is your back pain affecting your life? It’s time to contact the pain specialists at New York Pain Care. It’s your first step to a happier, pain-free life.

This page was published on Sep 6, 2021, modified on Sep 7, 2021 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of New York Pain Care
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