Back Pain Specialist

Life Orthopaedic & Spine Center

Non-Surgical Orthopaedic, Spine, Pain Specialist located in Riverdale, GA & Dunwoody, GA

Fewer things can put you on the sidelines of your own life faster than back pain. At Life Orthopaedic & Spine Center, men and women have access to a dedicated team of medical professionals with extensive experience diagnosing and treating back pain. Schedule an appointment today for a thorough diagnostic workup and a customized treatment plan. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy schedule, or you’re always welcome to contact the office by phone.  We proudly serve Atlanta and conveniently located surrounding communities of Buckhead, Dunwoody, and South Atlanta areas.

Back Pain Q & A

What are the symptoms back pain?

Back pain is incredibly common. In fact, it’s one of the leading causes of missed time from work in America and across the world. Virtually everyone will experience back pain at one point or another, but severe or chronic back pain can be life altering for some.

Back pain can present various symptoms, including:

  • Radiating pain
  • Stabbing or shooting pain
  • Muscle ache
  • Pain that increases when standing, walking, bending, or lifting
  • Pain that lessens when reclining

Back pain can range from mild to severe, and can be steady or intermittent.

What are some causes of back pain?

Many cases of back pain are caused by spinal degeneration or the breakdown of spinal components over time. Some other common causes of back pain include:

  • Traumatic injury
  • Bulging or ruptured discs
  • Skeletal irregularities
  • Ligament or muscle strain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis

Anyone can develop back pain at any time, but your risk level rises if you are overweight or living a sedentary lifestyle

What are facet joint and epidural steroid injections?

At every point in your spine where two vertebrae meet there are four facet joints. These joints have a hinge-like function and serve to link vertebrae and facilitate movement. When your facet joints are damaged due to injury, arthritis, or repeated stress, the pain response can be intense.

Facet joint injections deliver an anesthetic and/or steroid medication directly to the problematic joint. That provides temporary pain relief and can help you get through a course of physical therapy. Facet joint injections are also used to diagnose the exact source of pain. When the medication is administered to the problematic joint, relief is immediate.

Epidural steroid injections are a treatment option that relieves pain that extends from your lower back to your legs or from your cervical spine to your arms. This type of discomfort occurs when your spinal passages narrow, placing pressure on nerves and triggering pain.

Steroids work to reduce inflammation in the targeted areas. While the injections don’t definitively cure the condition, they do reduce inflammation enough to lessen pain and give your body a chance to heal.

There are many ways to treat back pain. To explore the possibilities, schedule a consultation with Life Orthopaedic & Spine Center today, either online or by phone.