Back and Spine Treatment – Virgin Islands

Nearly all of us experience back pain at some point in our lives. Back and spine pain usually results from a problem related to the muscles, ligaments, or nerves around the spinal cord. As the spinal cord is the main support to the human body, back and spine pain can negatively affect everyday life.

Our specialists at Virgin Islands Neurology are expertly trained to help you deal with your back and spine pain. We offer a variety of pain management treatments that can help relieve your pain.

Schedule an appointment with our specialists in the U.S. Virgin Islands today! We are ready to help you address your discomfort.

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Causes of Back and Spine Pain

There may be several different reasons why you may be experiencing back pain. Sometimes the cause may not be evident until it is investigated by a doctor.

The most common causes of back pain include the following:

  • Arthritis: Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disorder that can cause inflammation and pain in the joints of your spinal cord. In some cases, the space surrounding the spinal cord can narrow, resulting in spinal stenosis.
  • Bulging or ruptured discs: The discs in your spine act as cushions between the bones. If a disc bulges or ruptures, it can press on a nerve and cause pain.
  • Cervical spondylosis: This refers to the breakdown of your cervical spine. It could result either in a slipped disc or bone spurs. If pressure is exerted on the nerves, it could cause neck pain.
  • Muscle or ligament strain: Muscles and ligaments can be damaged through repetitive heavy lifting or awkward movements. In some cases, muscle strains can lead to back spasms.
  • Osteoporosis: If your bones become brittle through osteoporosis, this can result in painful breaks.
  • Sciatica: This is usually caused by a herniated disc or bone spur that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. You may feel pain down your back, buttocks, and the back of your leg.
  • Spondylolisthesis: This condition is when the vertebrae slide sideways, causing them not to line up.
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Symptoms of Back and Spine Pain

Pain in your back or spine may range from a shooting or stabbing sensation to a dull muscle ache, and may be accompanied by a cracking or popping sound. Pain can be felt anywhere along the spine and can even radiate down the leg.

You may also have a numbness or tingling sensation in the arms and legs. Movements of the back or even standing and walking can cause pain and sometimes make the pain feel worse.

When You Should See a Doctor for Back Pain

Fortunately, most cases of back pain will go away with rest. However, there are some circumstances when you should see the doctor.

If you have any of the following symptoms, you should make an appointment to see the doctor to address your back pain:

Diagnosing Back and Spine Pain

Your doctor will begin the diagnosis by considering your medical history and performing a physical exam. To achieve an accurate diagnosis, they may also order imaging tests such as X-rays and MRI scans and conduct nerve studies.

Who Is at Risk of Back and Spine Pain?

There are many risk factors that will elevate your chances of developing back pain. Some of the risk factors for back and spine pain are listed below.

  • Age: Back pain becomes common when you reach 30 or 40 years old.
  • Diseases: Certain diseases, such as cancer and arthritis, can cause back pain.
  • Excess weight: Being overweight can put extra pressure on your spine.
  • Improper lifting: If you lift with your back and not your legs, you could put greater pressure on your back.
  • Lack of exercise: Weak back and abdominal muscles can leave you more susceptible to back strains.
  • Psychological conditions: It has been shown that there may be a link between experiencing back pain and feelings of anxiety and depression. These conditions can increase muscle tension, which contributes to back pain.

Treating Back and Spine Pain

Our doctors will tailor a treatment plan to help you with your back pain. Some of the following treatments may be used to treat back and spine pain.

  • Medications: Anti-inflammatory pain relievers, such as NSAIDs, may help to reduce pain. Muscle relaxants can also provide some relief.
  • Physical therapy: Exercises to strengthen the abdominal and back muscles can provide needed support for the back. Exercise can also correct your posture.
  • Radiofrequency ablation: A treatment using radio waves to damage the nerves responsible for localized pain.

Get Relief From Back and Spine Pain Today!

Our specialists at Virgin Islands Neurology are ready to help you deal with your back and spine pain. We offer a wide range of pain management treatments to assist you with discomfort.

Our office is conveniently located in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Schedule an appointment with us today to get the relief you deserve!