Back pain can quickly change the course of a normal day, and over time can change your experience of life. At West TN Neurology Clinic PLLC, neurologist Salman Saeed, MD, FAAPM, offers comprehensive diagnostics and treatment for back pain.
He helps men and women in and around Bartlett and Dyersburg, Tennessee, find lasting relief. If you’re tired of shaping your life to fit your back pain, it’s time to start treating back pain to fit your life. Book an appointment online or call the office today to get started.
Back Pain Q & A
What causes back pain?
Back pain is common, but your experience may differ from that of others. Everyone experiences occasional back pain, which can occur after you sit in one place for too long, lift something heavy, or begin a new fitness routine.
Chronic back pain differs in that it either doesn’t abate or it returns after a brief period of pain-free function. Left untreated, chronic back pain can have a devastating effect on your life, limiting your ability to function normally and leading to emotional distress like depression.
Numerous things cause chronic back pain, including:
- Bulging or ruptured vertebral discs
- Ligament or muscle strain
- Skeletal abnormalities
Your risk of back pain increases as you age, and also if you’re overweight, smoke, or live a sedentary lifestyle.
How is back pain diagnosed?
Dr. Saeed uses several approaches to determine the cause of your back pain. A thorough physical exam and health history is the first step.
Imaging helps identify areas of structural concern. X-ray, CT scans, and MRI are all options. A bone scan can identify bone tumors or signs of osteoporosis. Blood testing can rule out an infection.
Electromyography (EMG) is a diagnostic tool that measures the electrical impulses created by your nerves and how your muscles respond. This tool can identify nerve compression brought on by spinal stenosis or herniated discs.
What are some treatment options for back pain?
Medication can provide short-term pain relief while you explore longer-lasting treatments. Some antidepressants are effective at managing pain. Muscle relaxants can help in some cases, as can topical pain salves, creams, or ointments. Anti-inflammatory spine injections provide short-term relief from pain.
Lifestyle modification goes a long way toward improving back pain. Weight loss, increased activity, and stress management can all help.
Traction is a great treatment for back pain originating from:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet disease
- Bone spurs
- Slipped discs
- Narrowing of the cervical disc
- Pinched nerves
West TN Neurology Clinic PLLC has an onsite traction machine. This powerful treatment tool works by applying gentle force to increase the space between your vertebrae, reducing nerve compression and friction.
Treatment involves a series of 10 traction sessions over a month. One course of treatment may be all that’s needed to relieve your back pain, or you may require additional sessions over a longer period of time.
To learn more about your treatment options for back pain, book a consultation today online or by phone.