Back Pain

Back Pain2023-09-08T10:35:59-07:00

Exercising regularly, using proper body mechanics, and avoiding smoking can reduce your chances of experiencing prolonged or severe back pain, but some forms of back pain are unavoidable. At Restore Health in Spokane and Richland, Washington, the team specializes in easing your back pain, starting with nonoperative procedures, and recommending surgery if necessary. To find out which back pain treatments are most effective for you, call Restore Health, or book an appointment online today.

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Back Pain FAQ’s

What causes back pain?2023-09-08T10:25:55-07:00

Pain in your back can occur at any point along your spine and is often associated with the extensive network of nerves and nerve roots originating from your spinal cord. Many conditions and injuries can affect your spine and the other structures in your back, causing pain that often worsens without treatment.

At Restore Health, the team aims to reduce your back pain so you can sleep comfortably and continue to perform your daily tasks and activities. They work with you as you recover from your condition or injury using a custom back pain treatment plan. A few common causes of back pain that they treat are:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Muscle or ligament strains
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Sciatica
  • Cauda equina syndrome

In some cases, conditions like these apply pressure to the nerves or nerve roots exiting the spinal cord. This can lead to symptoms beyond back pain like numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arms or legs.

When should I see a doctor for back pain?2023-09-08T10:26:51-07:00

Back pain doesn’t always require intervention from a professional care provider. In some cases, rest, ice and heat therapy, and over-the-counter pain relievers are enough to ease your pain as you heal. You should consider visiting Restore Health to address back pain that:

  • Lasts for several weeks or longer
  • Spreads or radiates through your arms or legs
  • Doesn’t improve with rest
  • Is severe and debilitating

If your back pain causes weight loss, bowel problems, or a fever, you may require emergency care instead of the non-emergency pain management available at Restore Health. If you’re unsure whether your back pain warrants an office visit, contact the team for their opinion.

How is back pain treated?2023-09-08T10:27:57-07:00

Restore Health provides numerous treatments and services to help you overcome back pain from injuries and degenerative conditions. The team assesses you with a physical examination and may use imaging tests or nerve conduction studies to assess your vertebrae, spinal nerves, and muscles.

The Restore Health team creates your treatment plan based on the severity and duration of your back pain as well as the cause. They typically start with non-surgical treatments and progress to surgery if you experience little or no improvement.

Non-surgical treatments for back pain include:

  • Oral pain relief medications
  • Bracing
  • Epidural injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Platelet-rich plasma injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Radiofrequency neurotomy
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Vertebroplasty

Surgery for back pain can correct or improve structural problems like bone spurs or spinal stenosis to remove pressure from nerves in your back. Spinal fusion, another type of surgery, fuses vertebrae to stop them from irritating nearby nerves.

Schedule your consultation for advanced back pain diagnostics and treatment by phone or request an appointment online today.

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