Are you tired of struggling with chronic back pain and limited mobility? Our team of back specialists at Pain and Spine Specialists of Pennsylvania is here to provide you with exceptional care to help you return to a fully functional life.
Our team comprises board-certified doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who are dedicated to restoring your quality of life with safe, effective, and evidence-based treatments.
Each of our specialists has extensive medical training from prestigious programs and stays up-to-date with current treatments and scientific research.
Our approach involves creating customized treatment plans that will address your unique pain symptoms and conditions. This allows us to accurately, safely and ethically alleviate your pain and discomfort.
How We Diagnose Medical Conditions
Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people seek medical attention. However, diagnosing the underlying medical condition causing discomfort and pain can be challenging. That's why patients should consult a qualified, board-certified back pain doctor for an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment plan.
Our Board-certified back pain doctors use a comprehensive approach to diagnose medical conditions that cause your back pain. Our diagnosis usually begins with a detailed medical history and physical exam, followed by more specific tests, imaging techniques, and other methods.
During the physical exam, our back pain doctors will examine your back, neck, and hips to check for any signs of pain or discomfort. We will also assess your nerves and muscles, reflexes, and range of motion. By performing a careful examination, our specialist can narrow down the possible causes of your back pain.
Once the physical examination is done, our back pain doctors in Pennsylvania may recommend diagnostic tests to confirm the initial findings. These tests may include:
- Blood tests: These tests help rule out any underlying medical conditions that may cause back pain, such as infections or autoimmune disorders.
- X-rays: X-rays provide detailed images of the bones in the spine, allowing the doctor to evaluate the spine's alignment, bone density, and signs of arthritis.
- MRI scans: MRI scans provide detailed images of the soft tissues surrounding the spine, such as discs, nerves, and muscles, helping detect herniated discs, spinal cord compression, or other soft tissue abnormalities.
- CT scans: CT scans use X-rays to create detailed cross-sectional images of the spine, providing more detailed information than X-rays alone.
- Electromyography (EMG): EMG measures the electrical activity of muscle tissue and helps diagnose any nerve dysfunction that may cause back pain.
Common Medical Conditions that Cause Back Pain
Several medical conditions can cause back pain. Here are some of the most common ones:
- Herniated discs: Herniated discs occur when a disc in the spine bulges out and puts pressure on nearby nerves, causing pain.
- Spinal stenosis: Spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, causing pain and numbness.
- Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is a condition that affects the joints, causing them to break down and resulting in pain and stiffness in the back.
- Axial back pain: Axial back pain is a term used to describe a mild, non-specific back pain that may result from an injury or muscle strain.
Minimally Invasive Back Pain Treatments
Minimally invasive treatment involves procedures that use specialized tools to treat an injury or condition while minimizing damage to surrounding areas. Unlike traditional surgery, minimally invasive techniques require only small incisions, meaning less trauma and a shorter recovery period than more traditional options. Some of the most common minimally invasive back pain treatments include:
- Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI): ESI injections involve injecting medication directly into your nerve roots around the spine to relieve inflammation at the source of your pain.
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RF ablation): RF ablation uses heat energy generated by a radio frequency current to block nerve signals that cause chronic pain in the lower back.
- Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS): SCS is a therapy that uses mild electrical pulses to interrupt signal pathways of pain in the brain and spine, providing short-term relief from chronic pain in the lower back, neck, hands, arms, legs, feet, and other parts of the body affected by chronic pain.
What is Comprehensive Back Pain Care?
Our experience and expertise in treating back pain make us a leading pain management provider in Pennsylvania. To comprehensively treat your pain, we offer a mix of interventional, traditional, and alternative therapies to alleviate your chronic back pain.
Some traditional treatments include physical therapy and medications, while alternative treatments can include acupuncture or infrared therapy techniques. We also consider interventional procedures such as epidural injections and radiofrequency ablation that can significantly reduce pain levels without requiring surgery. In some case, surgery may be necessary and that is why we offer various advanced procedures like spinal cord stimulation or minuteman fusions.
A treatment plan may include one or many of these treatment approaches in order to comprehensively reduce your pain long term.
Board-Certified Back Pain Doctor at PASS
Diagnosing the underlying medical condition causing back pain can be difficult. That's why it's crucial to consult with a qualified back pain specialist who has the expertise to provide comprehensive and patient-centered care.
At Pain and Spine Specialists, our doctors are double board-certified with extensive experience in pain management. They provide safe, compassionate, and effective treatment to restore our patients' quality of life. Book an appointment with us today and take the first step towards a pain-free life.
Explore Our Back Pain Doctors in Maryland and Virginia
At Pain and Spine Specialists of Pennsylvania, we believe that every patient deserves access to high-quality pain management services. That's why in addition to our Pennsylvania location, we also provide expert pain management services in Maryland and Virginia.
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