Back Pain Specialist

Drew Brown IV, MD, FAAOS -  - Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

Drew Brown IV, MD, FAAOS

Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon located in Wesley Chapel, FL & Jacksonville, FL

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 Q & A

Is back pain common?

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:

  • Cervical spine: the topmost portion of your spine runs through your neck  
  • Thoracic spine: runs down the middle of your back and is attached to your ribs
  • Lumbar spine: the lower spine, which runs from your thoracic spine to your sacrum
  • Lumbosacral spine: the lowest part of your spine, which ends in your tailbone
  • Lumbar spine: the lower spine, which runs from your thoracic spine to your sacrum
  • Sacrum: the portion of your spine that’s directly behind your pelvic bone

The topmost portion of your spine, known as the cervical spine, runs through your neck.

What causes my back pain?

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:

  • Herniated or ruptured disc: when the rubbery tissue that protects your vertebrae degrades or slips
  • Sprained ligament: stretch or tear in the fibrous band that attaches two of your bones
  • Strained tendon or muscle: stretch or tear in the cord that attaches your muscle to your bone or in the muscle itself
  • Fractures: hairline cracks or breaks in your vertebrae
  • Sciatica: inflammation of your sciatic nerve, which runs from your lower back down to both your legs
  • Degenerative spondylolisthesis: wear and tear from aging makes it difficult to maintain a well-aligned sine
  • Spinal stenosis: age- and osteoarthritis-related narrowing of your spinal column
  • Scoliosis: abnormal curvature of your spine

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.

How do orthopedists treat 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:

  • Physical therapy
  • Braces
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Facet joint injections
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Lumbar decompression
  • Lumbar Fusion

To understand your back pain and get relief, contact Dr. Brown’s office by phone or request an appointment online today.