Treating Back Pain
Back pain is a serious problem that has a detrimental effect on the lives of those affected. According to a recent report by the CDC, as many as 30 percent of Americans today are living with chronic back pain.
Diagnosing the Cause Behind Your Pain
Before one of the Performance Health physicians can begin treating your back pain, the cause of your discomfort must be determined.
Some of the most common causes of back pain include:
- An old injury that was never properly treated
- Carrying excess weight
- Repetitive stress injury
- Medical conditions such as scoliosis, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia
Treatments for Back Pain
If your back pain is caused by an acute injury, rest may be the first and most effective treatment we try. Allowing the muscles in your back adequate time to heal will not only improve your comfort level but also prevent further injury or permanent damage. When your back pain is the symptom of another condition, Performance Health will work to treat that condition to see if discomfort resolves. If we believe carrying less weight will improve your pain, for example, we will create an exercise treatment plan along with a nutritional program to help strengthen your core muscles and support you in your weight loss goals.
Advanced Treatment Options
In some cases, surgery may be the most appropriate treatment option for your back pain. If this is true in your case, your Performance Health physician will discuss different surgical options that are available and help you devise a plan for treatment.