Roswell Pain and Weight Loss Specialists
Damon Christian Kimes, MD
Interventional Pain Management & Weight Loss Physician located in Roswell, GA & Decatur, GA
Back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal problems worldwide. It can strike at any time and prevent you from going to work, playing with your kids, or participating in your favorite activities. Interventional pain management expert Damon Kimes, MD, and the team at Roswell Pain and Weight Loss Specialists regularly diagnose and treat back pain using safe, noninvasive means. To request your appointment, call the office in Roswell, Georgia, or use the online booking tool today.
Back Pain Q & A
What are the symptoms of back pain?
Back pain affects everyone differently. Sometimes back pain is sharp and stabbing; other times, it’s dull and throbbing. Regardless of the underlying cause of your back pain, common symptoms include:
- Muscle aches
- Shooting pain
- Pain that travels into your legs
- Pain that worsens throughout the day
- Pain that improves with rest
You might also notice that your back pain gets worse whenever you bend, lift, stand up, or take a walk.
When should I see a doctor regarding back pain?
Most back pain subsides on its own with at-home, conservative measures of care such as rest, ice, and taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). However, if your pain lasts for more than a week or two or your symptoms get worse, it’s important to schedule an appointment at Roswell Pain and Weight Loss Specialists.
Sometimes, back pain points to more serious health problems. You should seek immediate medical care if your back pain causes bowel problems, bladder problems, or a fever. You should also visit the doctor of your back pain is the result of an injury such as a fall at work.
What causes back pain?
Back pain can develop for any number of reasons. Some common causes of back pain include:
- Muscle strains
- Ligament strains
- Herniated discs
You might also experience back pain if you have a spinal deformity such as scoliosis or kyphosis.
How is back pain diagnosed?
To diagnose back pain, the team at Roswell Pain and Weight Loss Specialists reviews your medical history, performs a physical exam, and asks you a series of questions about your symptoms. If these steps don’t provide adequate information, your doctor might also recommend diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays or CT scans, that allow them to take a closer look at your vertebrae and spinal column.
How is back pain treated?
Whenever possible, the team uses noninvasive, integrative treatments to address back pain. Depending on your symptoms, your doctor might recommend rest, light at-home exercises, taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, or participating in physical therapy. If these methods of treatment don’t provide adequate relief, you might benefit from regenerative medicine such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, steroid injections, or massage.
Don’t let back pain prevent you from living an active, fulfilling life. Take the first step toward relief today, call the office, or use the online booking tool to request your appointment.