Back pain is one of the most common complaints in the U.S. Back pain includes upper back pain, middle back pain, lower back pain, or a combination of any of the above. Radiating pain from the back may be felt in the legs, hips, or trunk. Back pain has a variety or causes including disc problems, arthritis, or spinal problems. Back pain should be evaluated when it last for many weeks and does not get better despite rest or medication. Testing includes x-rays, EMGs, and MRI. These test can help your provider determine what is wrong and causing the pain. Treatment options for back pain include medication, physical therapy, home exercises, bracing, injections, nerve blocks, and surgery. At the Headaches and Pain Center, we offer a comprehensive treatment plan for back pain that may include a combination of the above.
Neck pain is a common pain complaint, especially in older adults. The neck pain can be from a strain or injury. Cervical Disc Disease may be the cause of the neck pain. Neck pain can sometimes be felt into the arms, upper back, or back of the head, including headaches. Some people may feel numbness or tingling in their arms. Long lasting neck pain may need to be evaluated with testing that includes x-rays, EMGs, or MRI. The neck pain may be treated with physical therapy, injections, nerve blocks, or surgery. The Headache and Pain Center offers these treatment options. Our pain team evaluates the pain with a comprehensive exam and testing. We provide treatment for neck pain tailored to the individual’s needs.
Joint pain can involve any area where two bones are connected. This usually involves the hip, knees, shoulder, ankles, etc. Increasing age, injury, or excessive weight are just some of the causes of damage to joints. This damage may lead to arthritis. Immune function disorders and other medical problems can lead to joint pain as well. Long lasting joint pain should be evaluated. This may include x-rays, MRIs, CT scans or other specialized testing. You may need to see a doctor that specializes in joint. That would be an Orthopedic Surgeon. Treatment options can range from physical therapy, bracing, home exercises, endoscopic procedures, surgery, joint injections, or even joint replacement or joint preservation surgery. Our pain team at the Headache and Pain Center can help determine where your pain is coming from and help control it. We can refer you to an Orthopedic Surgeon as well.
Headaches affect millions of people in the U.S from children to adults. There are different types of headaches including migraines, tension headaches, cluster headaches, rebound headaches, vascular headaches, and mixed type. Headaches can be triggered by various causes including hormones, tyramine, sleep deficiency, medications, caffeine, second hand smoke, sinus problems, head or neck injury, or unknown causes. Proper evaluation of headaches includes a comprehensive history and physical; including a thorough neurological exam. A detailed history will be taken to determine how long you have been having headaches, etc. Testing may include imaging of the head. Treatment for headaches depends on the type and cause. Medication is often used. Selective blocks may help some headaches. Keeping a headache log is useful and avoiding triggers helps as well.