Any type of back pain can slow you down, but when persistent back pain becomes worse as you stand, bend or twist, this can significantly prevent normal day-to-day activities, much less any work tasks or other active pursuits. Such pain is known as axial back pain, and Dr. Sina Rajamand offers treatments for relief at Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno, Nevada.
What Causes Axial Back Pain?
Back pain can have a wide number of causes, which makes it often difficult to diagnose. Dr. Rajamand is an acknowledged specialist in all forms of spinal problems, enabling him to better understand your back pain and its cause. He can perform a physical exam and further tests to determine the cause of your back pain and prescribe a treatment plan.
If your back pain eases with rest, it’s most likely caused by overuse or strain. A few days of rest and NSAIDs to reduce any inflammation should restore you to full, pain-free mobility. You may want to watch your activity levels for the next few weeks, so you don’t aggravate your back again.
If your axial back pain is chronic in nature, you may have a more serious problem, such as degenerated discs. Wear and tear over time can cause the cushioning discs between your vertebrae to deteriorate and weaken, allowing the bones to make contact or pinch nerves and cause pain. Weakened discs can also cause inflammation, aggravating the problem.
Other possible causes can include:
- Herniated disc
- Facet joint problems
- Muscle, ligament or tendon problems
When Do I Need Treatment for My Back Pain?
When your back pain persists for weeks without relief from rest, pain meds and NSAIDS, you may need more guided treatment from a specialist. Dr. Rajamand can find the exact cause of your back pain and design an effective plan to relieve your pain and restore full mobility. If your axial back pain is caused by degenerated discs, treatments can manage this condition and even make repairs, if needed, to restore your back health.
Dr. Rajamand will begin with conservative treatments, which can include a combination of rest, NSAIDs, physical therapy, injections and more. If these methods do not bring the relief you seek within a few weeks, you may need back surgery to repair damaged discs.
Endoscopic spine surgery is a minimally invasive procedure to access the spine and repair damaged or worn spinal discs. Dr. Rajamand can explain more about the particular procedure you may need in a confidential consultation after issuing a diagnosis. Endoscopic surgeries allow for quicker repairs, less damage to adjacent tissues and faster healing times.
Contact Battle Born Brain and Spine in Reno if your axial back pain persists and becomes worse with normal movements. We can treat degenerated discs with conservative measures or minimally invasive surgery to return you to pain-free movement and a better quality of life.