Back Pain Specialist

CHOICE Pain & Rehabilitation Center

Physical Medicine, Rehabilitation and Pain Management located in Lanham, Hyattsville, Gaithersburg, Dundalk & Pikesville, MD

Back pain is one of the leading causes of pain and disability in the United States, affecting about 80% of adults at some point in their lives. For effective relief from back pain, see the experts at CHOICE Pain & Rehabilitation Center at one of their five locations in Lanham, Hyattsville, Gaithersburg, Dundalk and Pikesville, Maryland. Serving patients in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. area, the team is dedicated to patient care and reliable, evidence-based treatments to help you recover as quickly as possible. Schedule a visit online or by phone today if you’re suffering from back pain.

Back Pain Q & A

Why does my back hurt?

Back pain can be caused by a variety of movements, activities, and trauma to your back. Common causes of back pain include:

  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Poor lifting technique
  • Sleeping on your stomach
  • Prolonged sitting or standing
  • Exercise
  • Quick movements
  • Bending and twisting
  • Poor posture

In some cases, you may have an underlying issue that’s aggravated by something as small as a sneeze or cough. The team can help you identify specific back pain triggers to avoid and strategies you can take to strengthen your back and prevent reinjury.

What causes back pain?

Soft tissue injuries and mechanical issues in your spine are the leading causes of back pain. Other conditions that can cause back pain include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Facet syndrome
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Arthritis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Herniated discs
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica

Depending on the location and severity of your pain, the team may recommend minimally invasive or interventional pain management techniques to help your back heal. Many therapies can be combined to achieve results more efficiently than with individual therapies alone.

How is back pain diagnosed?

To diagnose back pain, the team begins with a comprehensive consultation and physical exam to understand the location and severity of your pain. During your exam, the team checks your:

  • Spinal range of motion
  • Flexibility
  • Muscle strength
  • Joint function
  • Neurological function

These tests may involve bending and twisting, which can aggravate back pain. If this is the case for you, the team modifies your exam to avoid discomfort as much as possible while obtaining a thorough evaluation. Imaging, including X-rays or an MRI, may be needed to diagnose your condition. The team provides you with a referral and explains their findings before recommending a treatment plan to help you recover.

How is back pain treated?

At CHOICE Pain & Rehabilitation Center, the team takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating all types of back pain. Depending on your diagnosis, treatment may include:

  • Physical therapy and rehab
  • Specialized back exercises
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Electrical nerve stimulation
  • Medications to relieve pain and inflammation
  • Interventional pain management, including joint and steroid injections

If necessary, the team provides referrals to orthopedists in the area for surgical consultations.

Get help for your back pain by calling CHOICE Pain & Rehabilitation Center scheduling an appointment online today.