Symptoms of back pain
The majority of people will, at some point in their life, experience some form of back pain. This pain can vary in intensity and it can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Generally, you will know when you have hurt your back as the pain can depending on the injury, be intense. It is possible to try to treat a strain or a sprain by applying heat or resting, but it is always best to seek medical advice for any back pain you are experiencing. Initially, symptoms can be mild but if left, they can worsen.
While the cause of back pain can be varied, the symptoms are very often all the same.
Symptoms of back pain can include;
- Constant aching along your spine.
- Sharp pain in a specific area like your neck or lower back.
- Aching pain in your lower back when you get up after sitting for a long period.
- Pain in your back that radiates from your lower back all the way down through your thigh, right down your calf to your toes.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is best to book an appointment with a qualified pain specialist in Jersey City, NJ. They will be able to make a qualified diagnosis and recommend a course of treatment that is minimally invasive to help you manage your back pain.
Preventing Back Pain
Back pain has many different causes, not all of these causes can be prevented but it is possible, with these tips to prevent back injury and pain or reduce the impact of back pain. If you are already experiencing back pain, these can also help to prevent the pain from worsening.
Reduce the load
Carrying heavy laptop bags, backpacks or suitcases can place a lot of strain on your spine. It is not always possible to reduce the load you carry on a daily basis. Whenever possible try to ensure that you distribute the weight of the bag you are carrying evenly, this does help to reduce the strain on your back. Alternatively, try to use a bag that has wheels on as this will remove the pressure on your back completely.
Strengthen your core
Strengthening your core reduces the chance of strain and damage to your back. This is because it is the muscles around your abdomen that keep you upright and carry you while you do physical activities. Adding regular exercise to your routine that focuses on your core will help to strengthen it and ultimately help to prevent future back pain.
Posture plays an important role in back pain. Many people sit for extended periods hunched over their computers, few maintain the correct posture while sitting at their desks. If you do not sit correctly you place strain on your spine that will, over time, result in back pain. The same is true if you have a job that requires you to stand for hours at a time. If you do not maintain the correct posture while standing, your back will start to pain. Poor posture is the reason why many people suffer from back pain.
Stretching should be something that is done every day, regardless of whether or not you have back pain. If your job involves doing the same thing every day it will result in your muscles becoming fatigued, which then puts you at greater risk of strains and damage in your back. Daily stretches can help to strengthen the muscles in your back to prevent damage and strains.
If you are trying all of these or your back pain persists or gets worse, don’t wait to make an appointment with a doctor in our Pain Center in Clifton, NJ, or one of our other convenient locations.
Finding the Right Pain Medicine Doctor
Looking for the right doctor to help you manage your pain is not always easy especially if you are looking for minimally invasive treatments that avoid surgery. A pain medicine doctor specializes in the diagnoses, treatment, and management of painful disorders, including both acute and chronic pain.
When you visit a pain medicine doctor at our clinic in Clifton, NJ, they will generally:
- Evaluate your medical history
- Evaluate any tests you have had done
- Perform a physical examination
- Order and then interpret laboratory tests, neurologic exams or nerve studies
- Make a diagnosis and prescribe a course of treatment
- Perform the most appropriate treatment
Our Team of Harvard Trained Doctors in Clifton, New Jersey
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a triple-certified pain management specialist. Dr. Khimani is a leader in her field of pain medicine and she is one of only a few physicians who are a nationally recognized pain specialist by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Khimani is not only dedicated to her patients but is also involved in medical education, with many doctors visiting her clinics to observe her.
Dr. Laura Lombardi is double board-certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. Dr. Lombardi focuses on pain management and specializes in the treatment of back, neck, and joint pain. Dr. Lomardi’s clients all receive excellent care that she tailors to their specific and unique needs. She understands the importance of managing patient pain so that they are able to continue with their lives as normal.
Dr. Shane Volney completed his pain management fellowship at The Massachusetts General Hospital – Harvard Medical School and he is double board-certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. Dr. Volney is passionate about providing his patients with pain management solutions that improve their quality of life.