When Should You See a Pain Specialist for Your Back Pain?

Americans are no strangers to back pain — a whopping 80% report lower back pain at some point in their lives. Because your back is the foundational structure for your entire body, back pain can cast an enormous net over your ability to function normally, making you long to have your life back.

As pain management specialists, Dr. Ira Siegel and the team here at Pain Center of NJ are devoted to helping our patients regain their quality of life, especially when it comes to managing back pain.

If you’re debating whether your back pain warrants medical intervention, here are a few points to consider.

Acute back pain versus chronic back pain

If you’re struggling with back pain, the most important step you can take is to have us identify the source of the pain so that we can first figure out whether the problem is acute or chronic (we define chronic as any pain that lasts for 12 weeks or more).

In some cases, back pain is the result of an acute problem, such as a herniated disc; a muscle strain, sprain, or spasm; or an acute trauma to your back.

These conditions typically resolve themselves with a little rest, icing and heat therapies, and over-the-counter pain medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories.

In other cases, your back pain may be the result of a degenerative issue, such as:

These conditions are often progressive, which means that the potential for ongoing back pain is very real.

It’s also important to note that many cases of acute back pain can become chronic — in fact, 20% of those who report acute lower back pain go on to develop chronic back problems.

In other words, we always recommend that you seek our help for chronic back pain, but there’s a good case to be made for coming to see us when your problem is acute as we may be able to prevent it from an ongoing problem.

Treating your back pain

Pain management is at the core of what we do and our goal is to help you manage your pain so that you can get back to your life. When it comes to back pain, we offer an incredibly wide range of treatment options, including:

Outside of these interventional therapies, we also work with you on an individualized plan that may include physical therapy and certain lifestyle changes, such as losing weight.

The bottom line is we feel that pain isn’t something you should simply grit your teeth and bear. We offer solutions for most every type of back pain, whether it’s acute or chronic, which makes coming to see us a great idea.

To get started, contact one of our locations in West Orange, Bayonne, Union City, Union, Edison, or Ridgefield, New Jersey to set up an appointment.

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