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By Carl M. Shapiro, D.O.
December 03, 2019
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Back Pain  

Find out what could be causing your back pain and how we can help you.

Back pain is more common than you might think. In fact, about 80 percent of people will experience lower back pain at some point and Painabout 20 percent of people with acute problems will develop chronic lower back pain (this is when symptoms persist for more than 12 weeks). If you are dealing with severe or persistent back pain, our Cincinnati pain management physician Dr. Carl Shapiro can help.

 

What causes back pain?

Back pain usually occurs when something within the body, from the muscles and joints to the nerves or discs in the spine, is out of whack. When one part of the body doesn’t function problem it can affect other parts of the body, as well. Our Cincinnati pain doctor can perform a comprehensive physical exam and see if your back pain is the result of:

  • Spinal fractures
  • Bulging discs
  • Muscle spasms
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Sacroiliac joint inflammation
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Pinched nerve
  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Pregnancy
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Tumors (rare)

Along with certain physical conditions, there are also other components that can contribute to back pain. For example, a sedentary lifestyle or being overweight can put unnecessary pressure on the joints, nerves and vertebrae of the spine. Your emotional state can also play a role in your physical health. Patients who experience pain and also have depression and anxiety may notice that their symptoms are exacerbated by their depressive symptoms.

 

What are some ways to treat back pain?

Here in Cincinnati, we offer our patients many options for managing both acute and chronic forms of pain. Once we determine the cause of your pain we can create a treatment plan tailor-made to fit your condition, symptoms and lifestyle. Some of the services we offer include:

  • Ablative procedures
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Implantable pain pumps
  • Osteopathic manipulation
  • Interventional pain management
  • Ultrasound-guided injections
  • EMG/NCV
  • Medication management

If you have been dealing with symptoms that aren’t responding to rest and home care, that are getting worse or that affect your daily routine then it’s best to play it safe and turn to a doctor for care. Dr. Shapiro and his team here in Cincinnati can ensure that you get the pain management plan you need. Call our office today at (513) 791-5548 to schedule a consultation.