If you are currently experiencing back pain, it’s important to consider all options to relieve your discomfort. At Redding Medical Center, we can assist you in efficient pain relief that can accentuate your process of healing at a safe pace. If the source of the pain is not known or cannot be treated, your best option may be to work with your doctor on reducing the flare-ups and customizing a plan to manage your pain.
Acute and chronic back pain can range from a muscle to a shooting and aching sensation that lasts for hours. If left untreated, back pain can radiate to lower parts of the body, and can worsen if an individual bends, twists, or walks for a prolonged period. If you are experiencing chronic back pain, our professional team can help you alleviate your discomfort and improve your lifestyle. We will help you regain your mobility, mitigate discomfort and lead you back to your active lifestyle.
What causes chronic back pain?
While there are no specific reasons an individual might experience back pain, there are some common conditions that may complicate it. They include:
- Arthritis. Osteoarthritis affects the lower back by narrowing the space around the spinal cord.
- Muscle or ligament strains. Repeated heavy lifting or unexpected twisting can strain your back and result in muscle spasms. Your chances of getting muscle or ligament strains are increased if you are overweight or have poor posture.
- Ruptured discs. The soft and large center of the disc called the Nucleus Pulposus, and the fibrous ring, called Annulus Fibrosus, carries millions of nerve endings responsible for directing circulation through your back. A large tear in the fibrous ring can result in a protrusion of the soft center that may irritate a spinal nerve root causing minor to severe leg pains, and sometimes leading to ‘sciatica’. A painful disc injury can usually heal itself in a couple of months based on the condition, but poor blood flow can extend the period of inflammation and discomfort.
When should you see a doctor?
Generally, the acute back pain gradually improves with home treatment and relaxation methods while most individuals feel better within a few weeks. However, if your back pain is progressing, you should consult your physician when:
- Persists past a month
- Causes weakness in one or both legs
- Is accompanied by unexplained weight loss
- Causes bladder problems
- The numbing sensation goes below the knee frequently
Stem Cell therapy can be a promising option for pain relief in conjunction with other methods
While prior research has indicated that regenerative therapy has positively impacted those individuals that have suffered trauma to one or two discs, there is the new hope of stem cell procedures benefiting those with chronic pain.
We will answer any important questions you may have such as:
- How long will the treatment take?
- When can I return to work and activities?
- How will I know if the treatment is working?
- Will there be any restrictions after my procedure?
- How many treatments will I need for a full recovery?
If your body has not responded to conventional treatments such as prescription medications, epidural injections, or physical therapy, it is highly advised to speak to one of our professional medical experts regarding your options for stem cell therapy. Additionally, we can advise you on how many treatments you will need to partake in to begin seeing results and alleviate more severe symptoms.
Set up a consultation with us today to discuss your options for treatments, and we can devise a plan for your individual road to success and recovery.