Back Pain

Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center

Rheumatology & Metabolic Bone Disease & Osteoporosis Specialists located in Wyomissing, PA

Whether you’re struggling with acute back pain after an injury or you have chronic back pain that makes it difficult to get through the day, you can overcome your symptoms and regain a more active lifestyle with treatment from the team at Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. They offer exceptional medical care together with the convenience of diagnostic imaging and a state-of-the-art physical therapy clinic in the office. To get the help you need for back pain, call to book an appointment today.

Back Pain Q & A

 

What causes back pain?

There are many causes of back pain and patients frequently have more than one cause. You can end up with back pain from simply engaging in everyday life. You may lift a heavy package, fall, or twist your back.

You’re at risk of developing an overuse injury if you perform activities that repeatedly use the same back muscles. As you get older, back pain is often caused by conditions such as:

  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Slipped vertebrae
  • Degenerative disc disease

These conditions lead to tight muscles and pinched spinal nerves, a condition called radiculopathy.

What symptoms develop in addition to back pain?

Along with back pain and muscle cramps, chances are you have stiffness and limited movement. If you have a pinched nerve, you may also experience pain and tingling that radiates down your arms or legs, depending on where the problem lies in your spine.

In severe cases, a pinched nerve can lead to numbness and muscle weakness in your arms, hands, legs, and feet. Radiculopathy can cause symptoms such as difficulty grasping objects with your hands or lifting your foot while walking.

 

How is back pain diagnosed?

Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center is fully equipped with the diagnostic imaging needed to fully evaluate your spine and diagnose your back pain: digital X-rays and musculoskeletal ultrasound.

X-rays produce detailed images of the vertebrae, while musculoskeletal ultrasound provides images of your joints, muscles, nerves, and other soft tissues. Musculoskeletal ultrasound reveals precise details showing early signs of arthritis and changes in soft tissues.


How is back pain treated?

Treatment for back pain is best accomplished with a multimodal approach that combines conservative therapies with physical therapy. Your provider at Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center may prescribe medications to reduce inflammation and relax your muscles.

Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center features an advanced physical therapy clinic. Their physical therapists work with the rheumatology team to develop an individualized treatment plan that strengthens and stretches the muscles, reduces inflammation, relieves pain, and improves function.

If your back pain persists despite intensive therapy, the team at Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center works closely with pain management physicians who specialize in minimally invasive treatments that target the source of your pain.

If you need to find relief from back pain, call Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center to book an appointment.