Pain in your neck or back can hinder your daily life, interfere with sleep, and affect your mood. However, you don’t have to resign yourself to living with chronic back and neck pain. Samuel Grodofsky, MD, and the experienced team at Philadelphia Smart Pain & Wellness, which has locations in Northeast Philadelphia, Bala Cynwyd, and Allentown, Pennsylvania, can relieve your symptoms and restore your sense of wellness. For personalized pain management, call the nearest office today, or schedule an evaluation online.request an appointment
What causes back and neck pain?
Chronic lower back pain affects around 20% of men and women in the United States, while neck pain affects about 14% of US adults. Pain in the upper back, lower back, or neck can arise due to an injury, poor posture, or a variety of other contributing factors.
Some common causes of back and neck pain include:
- Muscle or ligament strains
- Herniated discs
- Pinched or compressed nerves
- Sports injuries
- Musculoskeletal imbalance
If you suffer from back or neck pain, Dr. Grodofsky and the team at Philadelphia Smart Pain & Wellness perform comprehensive evaluations to determine the exact cause of your symptoms.
Are there additional symptoms associated with neck and back pain?
Problems with your spine and other structures in your back and neck can lead to the following:
- Muscle tightness
- Loss of range of motion
- Decreased function
- Postural imbalance
Back and neck problems can cause a variety of pain symptoms, including:
- Dull, aching pain
- Sharp, shooting, or stabbing pain
- Pain radiating down your leg or arm
You may notice that your pain increases when working at a computer, standing, lifting, or bending. Your pain may lessen when you lie down or after periods of rest. In some cases, pain improves with activity, but stiffness and discomfort return after resting.
How does a doctor diagnose back pain?
Dr. Grodofsky performs a comprehensive evaluation to determine the exact cause of your pain. This includes a review of your medical history, a detailed discussion of your symptoms, and a physical exam.
He may ask you to perform a series of movements to help identify the location of your injury. Dr. Grodofsky may also recommend X-rays, a CT scan, or another type of diagnostic imaging.
How can back and neck pain be treated?
Based on your diagnosis, your health history, and other individual factors, Dr. Grodofsky designs a custom treatment plan using advanced, evidence-based treatment options tailored to meet your unique needs.
Your personalized pain management plan may include:
- Joint injections
- Regenerative medicine
- Medical Management
- Physical therapy and exercises
- Minimally invasive surgical management
In complex cases of back and neck pain, Dr. Grodofsky and the team at Philadelphia Smart Pain & Wellness offer spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal drug delivery.
Don’t let chronic back or neck pain prevent you from leading a full life. To relieve pain and restore your mobility, schedule an evaluation with the team at Philadelphia Smart Pain & Wellness. Call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.