No matter what’s causing you pain, we can help. From chronic pain to injury recovery, and everything in between, we provide the high quality pain management so you can live your life.
"From chronic pain to injury recovery, and everything in between, we provide the high quality pain management so you can live your life."
- Dr. sudhir Rao
- Dr. sudhir Rao
The spinal column is made up of 26 bones (vertebrae) and 23 discs. Discs are cushions that are perfectly sized to fit between two vertebrae making up the spinal column. These discs are composed of a thick outer layer of cartilage and an inner layer of a jelly-like substance (nucleus). Discs act as shock absorbers and allow for bending, twisting, and flexing.
Lower back pain can make it difficult to perform daily functions. The pain can affect bending, twisting, lifting, walking, standing, sitting and sleeping.
Most lower back pain is acute (short-term), lasting a few days to a few weeks. Home remedies, such as resting, ice and heat, and over-the-counter medications can help. Chronic lower back pain is defined as pain that lasts for 12 weeks or more, even after the underlying cause or injury has been treated.
Lower back pain can range in intensity from a dull ache to a sudden sharp pain. It may radiate to the hips, buttocks, legs or feet and can be described in many ways: burning, aching, throbbing, cramping, stabbing, numbness, tingling or weakness.
Causes Of Bulging And Herniated Discs
Discs can bulge or become herniated as part of a normal process of age-related wear and tear; in fact, most people over age 30 will have some degree of disc problems, but most will not have pain as a result. Injury (such as a fall or car accident) can cause bulging and herniation, as can poor posture or repeated back or neck strain. Some people are also just genetically predisposed to develop disc problems.
Symptoms Of Bulging And Herniated Discs
A herniated disc is more likely to cause pain than a bulging disc. Symptoms can include pain, numbness, weakness, tingling, or burning that radiates to the neck, arms, hands, back, legs and feet, depending on the location of the affected disc. Muscle spasms or cramping can also be symptoms of disc problems.
Diagnosis Of Bulging Or Herniated Discs
Our physicians are board certified, and are dedicated to giving you a comprehensive exam that will aid in diagnosing the cause of your symptoms. Using advanced diagnostic techniques, our doctors will find out the reason for your pain, and then get you on the road to better health right away. Here are a few steps our physicians use when completing their comprehensive exams:
Once we have an accurate diagnosis, we will work together with you to create a treatment plan that will effectively address your chronic pain.
Diagnosis Of Bulging Or Herniated Discs
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Get The Pain Management You Deserve
Pain Management You Deserve
No matter what's causing you pain, we can help. From chronic pain to injury recovery, and everything in between, we provide patients with quality care, so you can live a full life. We serve patients in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Schedule an appointment with our pain specialists today at the office that’s most convenient to you.
We serve patients in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Schedule an appointment with our pain specialists today at the office that’s most convenient to you.
Body On Fire
Body On Fire
Dr. Jyothi Rao’s new book is now available.
Body on Fire: How inflammation triggers chronic illness and the Tools we have to fight it.
Meet Our Providers
At Pain and Spine Specialists our team of physicians are committed to give you the best treatment available anywhere in the PA/MD/DC/VA area. We know that neck pain, back pain, whiplash, or any other condition can be debilitating to you, so our promise is to treat you with the most up to date minimal invasive techniques with the best professional care available. We are honored to serve you and are committed to seeing that your trust is rewarded.
At Pain and Spine Specialists our team of physicians are committed to give you the best treatment available anywhere in the PA/MD/DC/VA area.
Dr. Suhas badarinath
dr. greg hites
DNP, FNP-BC, Nurse practiioner
dr. nishant gandhi
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
I Love the way they all listen to you no matter what it's about. I Love how they make sure your feeling fine & how they find other ways to help you. They are a wonderful team & I am so glad I found them.
- Rubin Bungard
Kind and compassionate staff. I've been a patient here for 4 months now....my quality of life definitely improved. I recommend this practice.
- David Kasiorek
I have struggled with Drs 14 years. Set back in time by a motorcycle accident. No one would consider what I was going through.
- Sharon Orwig
I have now been with Dr. Rao for 12 years. He is the most caring Doctor I have ever been to! Dr. Rao makes you feel very comfortable at all times. I would not want to go to any other Doctor.
- Theresa Robinson
I LOVE this place. Dr B and Dr Rao saved my life. In 2014, I could only walk about 15ft and had to use a wheelchair. It happened so quickly to me. I had extreme pain in my back, and legs. My other pain mgmt wouldn't help at all.
- Kathleen Tibbs
Dr Rao is MY Absolute Favorite Doctor! Love him! His staff at Mt Airy and in Frederick, Maryland are the best of the best. Caring, kind and very friendly. I would recommend anyone to seek out Dr Rao and his staff in a heartbeat.
- Randee Fischer
I can't say enough about P.A.S.S. I want to say thank you first ! I've been cared for for over two years. They worked with me to find what works best for me. I have allergies to certain treatments.
- Mark Kurutz
Always a friendly staff. Truly concerned with patients well-being but also listens carefully to patients concerns and works collaboratively to Foster a treatment plan working together.
- Damon Casseday
I have always been treated well by the staff. The doctors are wonderful. And they show that they truly care. They take the time to listen to your problems.I really like the woman up front . The nurses are also very caring.
- Janet Smith
I ABSOLUTELY recommend this GROUP OF DOCTORS!!! I have been with them around 4 years or so and just recently found myself more comfortable with them! Greensburg office take 20 minutes to get there... it’s well worth it in my case!!
- Denise Fabian
The staff at PASS in Connellsville Pa. are probably the most courteous, helpful, and professional group of individuals I've ever had the opportunity to deal with! I have been a patient of theirs going on 5 yrs now and have never had a bad visit!
- John Borza
The Doctors and Staff are amazing. I would recommend P.A.S.S. to anyone suffering from chronic pain. They listen and suggest treatments that are good for the specific problem you have. No long waits either , staff is on the ball ! 🙂
- Debbie Lang
Staff and doctors are very personable and professional! They make you feel welcome and appreciated. They are very conscientious and concerned about you and your pain..
- Chris Degrave
All staff is very helpful and very friendly and the doctors take time to with you and answer any questions,they really are here to make sure you get the care you need
- Rebecca Keller
I love the staff they are very friendly and helpful. The doctor always take the time to explain things to were you are able to understand. They really do care about their patients.
- Lisa Baldwin
Outstanding service and Dr Aaron Kime is a great dr. He listens and makes sure you are doing good and genuinely wants to help you.
- Luella Lint
Everyone here is so kind and accommodating, Dr, Hites always takes his time with me and listens to what i say. They have helped me tremendously and i always recommend them to my friends.
- Mario Domico
Dr Gandhi excellent doctor very caring helps you get to the problem at hand most of the ladies who work there are very pleasant and friendly.
- Deb Krivanek