What is spine pain?
Spine pain refers to discomfort you may experience in your back. While any part of your back could be affected, for most people the pain occurs in the cervical (neck) or lumbar (lower back) spine.
The pain you feel may be dull and achy or sharp and severe, and you may only feel the pain during activity or all the time.
No matter what type of pain you’re experiencing or the frequency, if your spine pain is affecting your ability to carry out your daily activities, the team at Source Healthcare can help.
What causes spine pain?
Your spine pain can develop from a number of causes and may be due to an injury or an underlying disease. Some of the most common causes of spine pain include:
- Herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Compression fracture
- Skeletal irregularities
Spinal pain can also develop from an infection or certain types of cancer, but these causes are less common.
How is spine pain diagnosed?
Finding the underlying cause of your spine pain can help determine the most appropriate diagnosis and treatment plan.
The team at Source Healthcare conduct comprehensive examinations when you come in for treatment of your spine pain. Your examination includes a review of your symptoms and onset of your discomfort as well as your medical and surgical history.
The team also conducts a physical exam to assess the function and structure of your spine. You may also need diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray or MRI, to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis.
What are the treatments for spine pain?
Treatment for your spine pain may depend on what’s causing your pain, the location of your pain, and your overall health. Initially, the team may take a conservative approach to care to help you get control over your discomfort with treatments such as:
- Pain medication
- Physical therapy
- Anti-seizure medication
If you fail to get relief from your pain, the team may suggest other treatments such as stem cell therapy, depending on the cause. Stem cells have the ability to transform themselves into any cell your body needs and may be able to heal and repair damaged tissue to relieve your spine pain.
Surgery may also be recommended depending on the cause of your pain and your response to conservative treatments.
Don’t let your spine pain dictate how you live your life. For pain management from a team of experts, call Source Healthcare or book an appointment online today.