Back Pain Relief for Residents of Lakewood, NJ
Back pain – just about everyone will experience it at least once, if not more often. In fact, it’s one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor (second only to respiratory infections). On any given day, about two percent of the workforce is sidelined with some form of back pain. If you need help in dealing with yours, you can turn to the orthopedic specialists at Spine Care New Jersey near Lakewood, NJ.
The good news is that back pain will usually go away in a few days with simple treatment. As a general rule of thumb, if your discomfort lasts beyond two weeks, you should probably seek medical attention. A physician at Spine Care New Jersey near Lakewood can explore your medical history and perform a physical examination to identify, if possible, the precise cause of your pain. Most often, we find that the source of back pain is related to the spinal joints, discs, or supporting muscles.
The two main types of back pain and their most common treatments are:
- Acute (sudden) back pain – Most people can get through a painful episode with appropriate use of over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, hot and cold compresses, and a short period of rest, with resumption of regular activities as the pain permits. Some warnings signs that should prompt medical evaluation include the presence of fever, worsening pain, progressive movement of the pain from the back into the legs, and pain that disrupts sleep.
- Chronic (persistent) back pain – Most chronic back pain can be successfully treated without surgery. Following a careful medical evaluation to rule out rare but serious causes, and, in some cases, X-ray or MRI imaging, treatment usually focuses on symptom relief and active, exercise-oriented rehabilitation of the spine. Excessive bed rest or restricted activity is discouraged because it can promote muscular stiffness and deconditioning, and also inhibit recovery.
If back pain is severe or disabling, a comprehensive treatment approach that addresses all related aspects of the problem, including both physical and psychological issues, is usually the best option to ensure an effective rehabilitation and recovery. The experienced spine experts at Spine Care New Jersey provide treatment services for all types of back pain, and our providers are among the most trusted and experienced in the region.
To learn more about treatments for back pain, contact Spine Care New Jersey to schedule an appointment with a spine specialist at our office near Lakewood, NJ.