Back Pain Treatment in Annapolis, MD
Back pain is a common condition that affects over 30 million Americans. Although no one should have to deal with back pain, it’s an unfortunate reality that happens to many of us. The good news is you don’t have to live this way. At Annapolis Pain Management, we provide a number of non-opiate medical treatment options to help relieve your back pain. Whether you’re suffering from dull aches or debilitating back pain, our doctors can create a customized therapy program to reduce or completely get rid of your back pain.
What Causes Back Pain?
There are a wide variety of causes for Back pain including injury, genetic conditions, and referred pain. In our office we do see patients who have suffered a major trauma i.e. car accident, sport injury, fall etc. but more commonly we find that it wasn’t one single injury but rather a cascade of events that ultimately led to the patient suffering from back pain.
Months to years of poor posture leads to poor biomechanics in the spine and uneven wearing of the spine and its discs. When that is combined with a deconditioned spine, which most of us have from sitting for extended periods of time every day, we create the perfect storm for back pain. When a patient's spine has poor spinal loading and has been weakened, often it only takes a very simple event to trigger back pain. Some of the most common things we will hear from our patients includes, “I turned to reach for something”, “I tried to pick something up off the floor”, “I sneezed”, or “I was getting out of my car”.
Common Types of Back Pain
Our pain management center treats a variety of back pain conditions, including:
- Spinal Stenosis
- Herniated Discs
- Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)
- Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
- Facet Syndrome
- Posture related back pain
- Muscle Ache
FAQs About Back Pain
As simple as it sounds, just being aware of your posture and using proper body mechanics when lifting/moving is incredibly important when trying to prevent back pain. Avoiding long periods of sitting, having a supportive mattress, and incorporating stretching as well as back, core and hip strengthening into your weekly routine, is also highly recommended.
The duration of back pain is dependent on many different factors including the severity of the condition, source of the pain, and how quickly the condition is addressed. Prompt attention to back pain can lead to shortened recovery times.
For some people suffering from back pain there will be certain positions that decrease their pain and then some positions that increase their pain. Typically when someone is in an acute episode of back pain it is recommended to avoid positions that cause an increase in pain. Depending on what is causing the back pain, positional relief can sometimes be found laying flat on a hard surface, laying on your back with knees bent, or sitting while reclined.
Some tips for reducing back pain in the car include; making sure your feet reach the pedals comfortably without needing to rotate your hips, lumbar support, reclining the back of the seat slightly, and sometimes tilting the front of the seat up can help reduce pressure in the low back. While turning your seat heater on can sometimes provide relief it is not recommended to do this for more than 15-20 minutes at a time, especially if you will be traveling for an extended period of time in the car. The heat can lead to more inflammation in your back which can lead to increased pain levels, especially if you are not moving after applying heat.
What Treatments Are Available for Back Pain?
Back surgery and pain medications are not your only option. Whether you’re experiencing pain in your lower or upper back, it’s possible to find long-lasting relief with a variety of non-opiate pain management treatments.
Here at Annapolis Pain Management we offer a wide variety of treatments for our patients suffering from back pain and with the right integrative medical treatment, you could see results in a matter of days to weeks.
At your consultation, our doctors will perform a comprehensive exam and X-rays (if necessary) to determine the cause of your pain.
Once the findings are reviewed, our providers will help you by recommending the care needed to ease pain and get you back to enjoying life again. We have a variety of treatment options we can incorporate into your treatment plan including medical injections for pain relief, chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, decompression therapy, dry needling, back bracing, and more into your specialized pain management plan.
Whether you have never experienced back pain before or you have been suffering for years, we are here to help you!
At Annapolis Pain Management, we can alleviate your acute or chronic back pain with our unique multi-specialty approach. If you would like to free yourself from back pain, contact our specialists today at 410-224-4348. We’ll help you get back to pain free living!
What Our Clients Say
“I had several issues going on at the same time. Knees and lower back. Happy to report both issues have been resolved. I am back to playing golf and enjoying other activities.
Staff is awesome and professional. They always know me when I arrive to my appointment and are very courteous. Always helpful in scheduling next appointment to accommodate me…”
“What can I say about APM? Every bit of my experience has been wonderful! Went in for chronic low back pain, have been treated medically, with physical therapy, and chiropractic manipulations. No more pain!! Facility is super clean with excellent Covid protocols and has the friendliest staff I’ve encountered in a medical office. Have recommended serveral family members and friends and they are all experiencing the same relief as I. You can’t go wrong trusting APM with your pain management care!”
“New to the area during Covid-19, I was lucky to have found APM online. It has been a great experience with the entire staff being supportive, kind, and patient while I was dealing with excruciating pain from a herniated disc in my lower back. It has been a slow and safe recovery and heading in the right direction!”