Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and back pain in general is one of the most common reasons for missing work. If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from chronic back pain, Dr. Olayinka Adepitan of PainMD Associates in Plano, Texas, may be able to help. As a dual board-certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician, Dr. Adepitan takes a holistic, multidisciplinary approach to relieving back pain, using traditional medicine in combination with alternative therapies to provide the most comprehensive pain relief. Call or schedule an appointment online.
Because your spine is a complicated structure of bones, ligaments, and muscles, numerous problems can occur, especially from injuries or as part of the aging process. Discs that normally provide cushion between vertebrae may rupture as a result of wear-and-tear, or you may develop a degenerative condition like spinal stenosis that causes chronic pain.
Other common causes of back pain include:
Back pain from a simple strain or sprain may heal itself, but if you have a degenerative condition, it may continue to cause discomfort or increase in severity if you don’t seek treatment.
Acute back pain usually improves with home remedies, but if your pain lasts more than a few weeks, or becomes more severe over time, it may be the sign of an underlying condition.
Dr. Adepitan takes a whole-person approach to diagnosing your back pain so that she can prescribe the most effective treatment options. To determine the underlying cause of your back pain, she may request X-rays, nerve studies, and MRI or CT scans to rule out more serious causes of your pain.
Dr. Adepitan also discusses your ability to sit, stand, walk, and perform your daily tasks so she can learn more about when your pain occurs and the type of pain you feel during specific activities. If you have reduced mobility in an area, it may be an indication of what’s contributing to your back pain.
The treatment for your back pain largely depends on the underlying cause. Dr. Adepitan takes a multi approach to relieving painful symptoms both to give you comfort immediately and in the long term. She may recommend treatment modalities from conventional and holistic medicine, including:
Dr. Adepitan works with you to find the combination of treatment methods that relieves your pain long-term and poses the least risk to your overall health and well-being. She focuses on restoring mobility and improving the quality of your life.
If you’re dealing with chronic back pain, call the office or schedule a consultation online to get the expert care you need.