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What Does a Pain Management Doctor Do?

If you suffer from acute or chronic pain, you know how debilitating it can be. Whether your pain is caused by an accidental injury, back sprain, or even an existing illness, the pain can last for weeks or even years. Most people turn to their primary care physician for relief, but often find themselves still struggling with daily pain and discomfort. If so, it may be time to get a referral from your doctor and consider a consultation with a pain management specialist to help improve quality of life and help you finally get the relief you deserve. So, what does a pain management doctor do that’s different from your family doctor? You just may be surprised at how they can help.

Common Chronic Pain Issues

  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Muscle Pain
  • Sciatic Pain
  • Nerve and Joint Pain
  • Leg Pain
  • Illness Associated Pain

How a Pain Management Specialist Can Help

A pain management specialist is a physician that has undergone special training to help patients with different types of pain. These professionals evaluate, diagnose, and treat a variety of different types of pain including acute pain, chronic pain, and pain from illnesses.

Our team at BackFit Health + Spine specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of pain-oriented disorders. Our experienced chiropractors and physical therapists work with patients to help control their pain, so they can feel more like their normal selves and live pain free. Our pain management doctors utilize a combination of physical medicine and rehabilitation to help you feel better and create an effective treatment plan to reduce, relieve, or manage your pain without surgery or prescription medication.

Since pain management specialists are concerned with improving the overall quality of life for their patients, they focus on a full body approach versus just one part of the body. Our team at BackFit Health + Spine focuses on reducing pain and improving the functionality of our patients, as well as educating them on how they can take charge of their own health with proper exercise, diet, and the use of helpful therapies and treatments to ease their pain.

Get the Pain Relief You Deserve

Our experienced chiropractors and physical therapists at BackFit Health + Spine will work together to find the source of your pain and create a treatment plan to help you feel better and improve your quality of life. Call our office today to schedule an appointment so you can start feeling better as soon as possible.

Overlooked Causes for Back Pain

Every day, we see trauma cases and diseases of the spine that cause pain and disability. Many conditions, such as bulging spinal discs, spinal stenosis, disc degeneration, and spinal arthritis rarely cause only back pain alone, but often the major complaint from these problems is limb pain. Typically, simple back pain is caused by muscle strain.  In fact, 80% of us will seek medical care for back pain at some point in our lives.

Believe it or not, you can control whether or not you are afflicted by some of the lesser-known causes of back pain by simply changing your lifestyle.

Smoking causes back pain, which has been proven over and over in a number of studies.  Quitting your smoking habit can improve your level of pain more effectively than medications, surgery, or physical therapy.

Being overweight strains your back as well as your joints.

Moving extra weight around, on a daily basis, is hard on your lower back and makes it more vulnerable to injury. Instead of taking medications or trying surgery, losing weight can significantly lessen back pain.

Having weak back muscles increases your chance for injury and back pain.  This is caused by a lack of physical exercise. A strong core helps your body expend less energy to remain upright and supports the spine. Endorphins are released during exercise, helping you feel better naturally. You don’t have to join a gym or spend money on fancy equipment.  Walking is one of the best exercises for overall health and doesn’t cost a penny.

Poor posture increases back pain.

It is never too late to work on improving it.  Stand up tall and quit looking down at your Ipad or Iphone for hours at a time.  Adjust your computer monitor at work so that you look into it squarely (not up or down) while sitting at your desk.  Get up and stretch every hour.  Take a quick spin around the office occasionally. Post sticky notes on your desk to remind you.  Simple improvements in our posture can go a long way to lessen neck and back pain.

In summary, you can’t control your genes and whether you develop spinal stenosis.  However, you can lessen your risk for back pain by following some simple guidelines for a healthier life.

 

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How Spinal Decompression Therapy is Thought to Work

In nonsurgical spinal decompression therapy, the spine is stretched and relaxed intermittently in a controlled manner. The theory is that this process creates a negative intradiscal pressure (pressure within the disc itself), which is thought to have two potential benefits:

Spinal Decompression Session

During spinal decompression therapy for the low back (lumbar spine), patients remain clothed and lie on a motorized table, the lower half of which can move.

  • A harness is placed around the hips and is attached to the lower table near the feet.
  • The upper part of the table remains in a fixed position while the lower part, to which the patient is harnessed, slides back and forth to provide the traction and relaxation.

One difference between various decompression therapies is the patient’s position on the table:

  • Some devices place the patient in the prone position on the table, lying face down (e.g. VAX-D)
  • Some devices have the patient lying supine, face up (e.g. DRX9000)

The patient should not feel pain during or after the decompression therapy although they should feel stretch in the spine.

Treatment Series and Costs

While spinal decompression therapy may be recommended as a potential treatment for a variety of lower back pain conditions, as with all lower back pain treatments, it is the patient’s decision whether or not to have the treatment. Although the risk is low, the benefit of these treatments is not established.

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