Dr. Frank Collier is a board-certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician and Pain Management Specialist who specializes in the treatment of injuries and illnesses that affect how people move and function while living with pain.VIEW FULL BIO
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, roughly 80 percent of adults suffer from lower back pain at some point, and more than 25 percent of adults have reported experiencing lower back pain in the past three months.
There are several treatments available for relief. The best protocol for pain management takes into account complete diagnosis, proper treatment and long-term management of the spine’s health. If you are dealing with chronic or acute lower back pain, be sure to consult a Florida orthopedic specialist in spine care.
A Complete Diagnostic Approach
A thorough diagnosis is the key to the best treatment. Conventional bone scans, which include X-rays, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, show structural bone changes or issues, but often do not detect the source of pain if it isn’t directly related to the spine’s structural changes.
Single photon emission computed tomography combined with standard computed tomography (SPECT/CT) is a hybrid molecular imaging approach that is able to detect excessive inflammation, infection and other physiological issues that can cause lower back pain.
Treatment for Lower Back Pain
Treatment for lower back pain depends on a number of factors, such as whether the pain is chronic or acute, and the age and fitness level of the patient. The best methods for addressing spinal pain can range anywhere from prescribed strengthening exercises and physical therapy to surgery. Your orthopedic physician will discuss with you the best treatment for your lower back pain.
A few of the most common treatments for spinal pain include:
- Physical therapy: Programs that strengthen the muscles that support the spine, improve flexibility and posture, and boost mobility are widely prescribed alongside other treatment.
- Physical activity and heating pads: In most cases, bed rest is widely discouraged. Normal activity, as long as it avoids aggravating existing pain, is usually the best thing for back pain. Heating pads often help ease soreness and irritation in the spine to help patients improve mobility.
- Analgesic medications: More commonly known as pain relievers, these include over-the-counter aspirin and acetamiophen as well as prescription opioids. These should be used only on a short-term basis.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): These relieve both pain and inflammation and include both over-the-counter versions of ibuprofen and naproxen sodum as well as prescription-only variations like COX-2 inhibitors. These are also recommended for short-term use only.
- Surgical procedure: Surgery is generally reserved for those who are experiencing worsening nerve damage or structural issues within the spine.
Southeast Orthopedic Specialists offers the best in spine care and pain management.
Our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons are available at each of our Jacksonville area offices so that all of our clients receive minimally invasive approaches to managing and eliminating lower back pain.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can treat lower back pain so that you can live a fuller, better life.