Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common types of pain among Americans across the country. At one point or another, almost everyone has suffered from back pain. In fact, it is among one of the top reasons that people visit the doctor. Back pain can range from a dull, mild ache to debilitating shooting pains. It can limit mobility and affect your ability to perform even the smallest and simplest tasks. Back pain can be especially difficult for those who sit in offices or work behind a desk for many hours during the day. It can also affect our ability to be active, exercise, or participate in sport. There are different causes of back pain such as injury to ligament, muscles, or vertebrae, pinched nerves, herniated discs, inflammation, or joint degeneration caused by wear and tear or overuse of the back. Back pain can come and go or become a persistent pain. But the fact remains that back pain can affect your life and should be treated carefully and thoroughly by qualified orthopedic specialists that can utilize their wisdom and expertise of how the body functions to bring about relief from back pain.

Orthopedic Specialists Provide Relief

When back pain becomes too much to bear, turn to highly qualified orthopedic specialists to alleviate back pain and restore function. Orthopedic specialists identify the root cause of chronic back pain so ensure you can find relief. Orthopedic specialists can use all the resources at their disposal to locate problematic areas such as degeneration, misalignments of the spine, problems with soft tissue such as muscles, ligaments, or tendons of the back, or herniated discs. Our specialists at AICA examine the problem area, utilize high tech imaging services such as X Rays or MRI scans to take a closer look at the exact cause of pain, and then work to provide a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses your specific pain.

Diagnostics

MRI

An MRI is a valuable imaging tool that allows orthopedic specialists to take a closer look at bak injuries to locate the source of back pain. An MRI uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to produce a detailed picture of the back. Orthopedic specialists can utilize this technology to look for spinal misalignments (vertebrae that are out of place), Inflammation of the spine, herniated discs, blood vessel concerns, soft tissue damage from injuries or accidents, tumors around the spine, or any other spinal abnormalities. It can also be useful before and after back treatment such as chiropractic care or even surgery to monitor progress and healing.

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CT Scan

A CT scan for the back is similar to an X-Ray but takes several images and combines them together for a more comprehensive, in-depth look inside your back to diagnose specific back pain. A CT scan helps orthopedic specialists analyze your back pain so they can look for possible problems and accurately diagnose your pain. A CT scan can be used to diagnose herniated discs, infections, pinched nerves, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, signs of cancer, or other spinal defects and abnormalities.

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X Ray

X-Rays use a small amount of radiation that passes through the body and displays an image of the spine so orthopedic specialists can look for problematic areas. This is one of the most common imaging tools used by specialists and is helpful in diagnosing the source of your back pain for determining next steps and a proper course of treatment. X-Rays are useful in helping locate spinal fractures, disc problems, osteoporosis, abnormal curvatures of the spine such as kyphosis or scoliosis, disc degeneration, or arthritis of the joints.

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Nerve Testing

Nerve studies such as Electromyography, otherwise known as EMG, are useful diagnostic tools for locating back pain caused by nerves in the spine. An EMG measures the nerve’s electrical impulses and muscle responses. A needle is inserted into a muscle in the back so electrical activity can be monitored and displayed on a screen for assessment and diagnosis. EMG testing for back pain can assist orthopedic specialists in diagnosing nerve compression due to spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal) or herniated discs.

Seek Treatment for Back Pain

Once the problem has been diagnosed, proper treatment can be provided so that you can feel better once again. Orthopedic specialists can provide a plan of action that addresses your specific concerns and alleviate pain. Chiropractors gently adjust the spine to correct spinal misalignments that could cause inflammation of pinched nerves. Spine specialists can provide treatment options such as epidural injections or nerve blocks for back pain caused by damaged or pinched nerves. Orthopedic specialists can also give injections for back inflammation or discuss innovative treatment options such as stem cell therapy for joint degeneration and arthritis. Whatever your need, orthopedic specialists are equipped to treat the problem with a variety of treatment options that are sure to decrease pain and increase your ability to function normally once again.