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Back Pain

Back Pain services offered in Jacksonville and Middleburg, FL

Your spine endures a lot of stress, so it’s no surprise that back pain is a common problem. But you might be shocked to learn that chronic back pain isn’t just suffered by older adults; it affects 40% of adults younger than 44. Our exceptional team at Integrity Spine & Orthopedics has extensive experience helping adults of all ages overcome back pain by getting to the root cause and providing personalized treatment. Call our office in Jacksonville, Florida, to schedule an appointment or request one online today.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain commonly occurs after a sports injury or straining a muscle during daily activities. However, overuse injuries consistently rank among the top causes.

Overuse injuries develop gradually as you repeat the same movements over and over again. The ongoing stress eventually causes tears in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments supporting your back.

Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction causes lower back pain. The sacroiliac joints connect the base of your spine to your hip bones. Problems in the SI joint cause one-sided back pain, stiffness, and instability.

Degenerative changes in your spine cause conditions like:

  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Slipped vertebrae
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)

These conditions cause lower back pain, often pinching spinal nerves.

What symptoms accompany back pain?

Your back pain can feel like a dull ache or a sharp pain. The pain can be constant, come and go, or flare up when you make specific movements, like bending, twisting, or standing for a long time.

Back pain limits your mobility, either because the underlying problem has damaged your spine or because it hurts too much when you move. You can develop painful muscle spasms or knots.

If you have a pinched nerve, you’ll experience pain, tingling, and burning sensations that travel along the nerve and down your leg. Sciatica often causes sudden, severe pain that shoots down one leg.

How is back pain treated?

After a thorough physical evaluation, our team might order X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan. After we diagnose the root cause of your back pain, we create a treatment plan, beginning with conservative choices like:

  • Physical therapy
  • Avoiding painful activities
  • Home exercise routine
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Topical pain relievers
  • Trigger point injections

If your pain doesn’t improve with conservative treatment, our team specializes in interventional and regenerative medicine treatments that target the source of your pain. Examples include:

  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Facet joint injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation

Some patients need minimally invasive spine surgery to repair the source of their pain. For example, our team could recommend a procedure to decompress pinched nerves, replace a damaged disc, or fuse spinal vertebrae.

Early treatment for back pain can get you back into action. Schedule an appointment by calling Integrity Spine & Orthopedics or booking one online today.