Back pain is a leading cause of disability and affects approximately 80% of American adults at some point during their lives. At Mountain Spine & Pain Physicians located in Denver, Brian J. Fuller, MD, provides expert diagnosis of back pain and state-of-the-art treatments to free you from its symptoms. Call Mountain Spine & Pain Physicians or make an appointment online today.
Your spine supports your entire body, holding you upright and absorbing the shock of every step you take throughout the day. It’s mobile, yet sturdy. And, because of all the work your back does, it’s vulnerable to a wide range of injuries and degenerative conditions. Some of the common causes of back pain include:
Poor posture is another common cause of back pain. You may also suffer from pain due to a muscle or ligament strain or sprain. You could also sustain a traumatic injury to your back during an automobile collision, sports injury, work injury, or a fall.
Sciatica is a specific type of back and leg pain caused by compression of your spinal nerves. It often causes shooting pain, numbness, and weakness down the back of one or both of your thighs and calves.
If you overdid it at the gym or while you were helping a friend move and you wake up with a tender back, you should take a few days to rest and use at home therapies like ice packs and heating pads. If your pain doesn’t subside or gets worse, you should make an appointment with Dr. Fuller. Additionally, if you sustain an obvious injury, you should make an appointment right away.
Dr. Fuller provides thorough exams to diagnose your back pain and identify the best treatments to meet your needs. While asking about your symptoms and lifestyle, Dr. Fuller feels your spine for signs of swelling or other abnormalities. He may ask you to bend, stretch, or twist to see how your mobility is affected by your pain. Dr. Fuller may also order X-rays, MRIs, or use electromyography or nerve conduction studies to learn more about the cause of your back pain.
Dr. Fuller creates customized treatment plans to address your specific needs and symptoms. He offers a comprehensive range of treatments, including:
Dr. Fuller may also recommend lifestyle modifications such as losing weight or adding moderate physical activity to your day.
Don’t let back pain interfere with your life, call Mountain Spine & Pain Physicians or schedule a consultation online today for expert assessment and treatment.