All too often we hear from individuals who have suffered, sometimes for months or years, with chronic or debilitating back pain. Sometimes their pain is the result of a trauma; other times, the cause is the result of conditions that affect the spine or the muscles and joints supporting the spine. Often people delay seeking medical treatment because they fear surgery. While it is true that some people require surgery to address their pain, in many cases, individuals can achieve total or near total pain relief with new non-surgical treatments.
Whatever your situation, The Spine Center at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center is here to help. We understand that no matter what your level of pain, you want to return to being pain-free with as little medical intervention as possible. Not only do we offer expert diagnostics to determine the exact nature of your condition, we also offer a full complement of board certified surgeons, interventional radiologists and pain management specialists to resolve your pain.
It is important to remember that back pain is a symptom, not a diagnosis, of a medical condition and may be caused by problems that include:
- Mechanical problems with the spine. Conditions include intervertebral disc degeneration, spasms, muscle tension and herniated/ruptured discs.
- Injuries such as sprains and fractures may be caused by accidents or by twisting or lifting improperly.
- Diseases such as scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis and arthritis. In addition, pregnancy, endometriosis, kidney stones and fibromyalgia can cause back pain.
- Although uncommon, infections, such as osteomyelitis or discitis, and tumors can cause back pain.
A thorough examination combined, as needed, with tests such as x-rays, MRI and CT scans can help your doctor diagnose the cause of your back pain.