Whether it’s acute or chronic, if you’re among the 80% of U.S. adults who suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, you may struggle with getting through your day. As an expert, board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon, Drew Brown IV, MD, FAAOS, in Tampa, alleviates back pain with supportive therapies or, in serious cases, minimally invasive spine surgery. Giving your back the care it needs ensures that you can live a healthy, active life. Call Dr. Brown’s office to schedule an appointment today, or you can request one online.
Back pain is not only common, but it’s also among the top reasons that women and men miss days at work. Although we stand upright, doing so subjects our spine to tremendous pressure, especially in the lower back. However, you can develop back pain in any area of your spine, including:
The topmost portion of your spine, known as the cervical spine, runs through your neck.
Your back pain might start in any one of your 26 vertebrae, 31 nerves, or multiple ligaments, tendons, and muscles that make up or support your spine. You may suffer from back pain after an accident or injury. Common causes of back pain include:
Many of the common causes of back pain arise if you’re working out too much, working out inefficiently, or performing manual labor at work that requires repetitive movements. Simply getting older causes changes to your spine and the surrounding tissues, including osteoarthritis, which leads to back pain. In rare cases, tumors, kidney stones, and infections also can cause back pain.
Dr. Brown first diagnoses the source of your back pain through physical examination and imaging studies, including X-rays, if necessary. Whenever appropriate, he starts with the most minimally invasive therapies first and then adjusts as needed until your pain has been relieved. He may recommend:
To understand your back pain and get relief, contact Dr. Brown’s office by phone or request an appointment online today.