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Most of us experience lower back pain at some point in our lives. It’s a common complaint of middle-age and older adults, as well as for those who work in jobs that require heavy lifting and bending.
While most back pain is relieved by over-the-counter and prescription medication, rest, heat and physical therapy, sometimes surgery is needed to get relief from the pain and weakness.
WakeMed’s neurosurgeons and neurologists work in collaboration with other physicians, nurses, neuroradiologists and rehabilitation specialists to develop a personalized treatment plan for people coping with chronic back pain.
We offer comprehensive physical therapy services for back pain in many convenient locations. Learn more about our rehab and physical therapy services.
In addition to the back pain itself, other symptoms can include:
Often, back pain is simply the result of poor posture or overuse. But it can also be caused by conditions including:
For patients experiencing chronic pain, doctors take a detailed history of symptoms and conduct a thorough physical examination to check for tenderness, numbness and pain in the back area.
We may also order imaging tests, including X-ray, computed tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or nerve studies. These tests help us visualize the internal structures in the back, including nerves, spinal cord, bones and soft tissues.
Most patients can control their pain with medication and therapy. We also offer comprehensive physical therapy services for back pain in many convenient locations. Learn more about our rehab and physical therapy services. Surgery can be the best option when patients:
Surgery can repair the vertebrae, remove damaged discs or provide space in the spinal canal so that nerves are not pinched. Learn about common surgical treatments to treat back pain.
We welcome new patients. If you’d like to meet with one of WakeMed’s neurological experts about your back pain, please make an appointment by calling us at 919-350-7000.
WakeMed is proud to partner with many neurologists and neurosurgeons. In fact, they are the best in the business.
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Raleigh, NC 27610