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DANIEL SOUTHERN, M.D.
REGENERATIVE ORTHOPEDICS & SPORTS MEDICINE

About Back Pain

Most people will experience some form of back pain sometime in their lives. There are many causes of back pain. The term “back pain” includes lower back pain, middle back pain, upper back pain or low back pain with sciatica. While we know that nerve and muscular problems, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis can result in back pain, patients should understand that back pain is often self inflected and related to a lifetime of bad habits or lifestyles that put them at risk. Repetitive back stress from lifting and twisting at work, accidents, and athletic or sports injuries are all contributors to back pain.

Symptoms of Back Pain

Symptoms of back pain may include chronic stiffness or aching along the entire length of your spine-from neck to tailbone, sharp localized pain in the neck, upper back or lower back that is most noticeable after heavy lifting or strenuous activity, especially sports. Chronic middle or lower back aches are often most bothersome after sitting or standing for long periods of time. 

While all of these symptoms are likely to limit your mobility, range of motion and ability to work or participate in sports or other activities, the need for consultation is more urgent if you feel numbness, tingling, or weakness in your groin, arms or legs as this may indicate a more serious back injury involving nerves.

Non Surgical Treatment for Back Pain

The main goals are to provide pain relief and improved mobility and range of motion. Typical non surgical treatment for back pain includes exercise and changing activities to avoid holding any one position for too long. Getting stronger in the middle can provide support to painful back tissues and help by reducing the load placed on them. A dedicated stretching program can also help to reduce stress on painful tissues. Chiropractic treatment, traction, and acupuncture can relieve symptoms for short periods of time. Oral anti-inflammatory and pain medications can help facilitate participation in painful activities but when used on a daily basis carry significant health risks.

To learn more and get help for back pain please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

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Surgical Treatment for Back Pain

If non surgical treatments do not adequately relieve your symptoms and suffering, depending on the cause and severity of your back pain symptoms, especially if they are neurological with numbness and weakness in the leg, back surgery might be necessary.

Patients who are simply unable to function because of the pain or who are frustrated with their activity limitations may consider spinal fusion surgery or artificial disc replacement. Spinal fusion surgery is designed to reduce the pain because it stops the motion at a painful motion segment. Artificial disc replacement works to replace the disc, instead of fusing the disc space together, and maintain more of the normal motion in the spine, thereby reducing the chance that adjacent levels of the spine will break down due to increased stress. If the pain is due to a herniated disc, microdiskectomy, to remove the herniated part of the disc and any fragments putting pressure on a spinal nerve, is the most common surgical procedure. In general, recovery time and rehabilitation for back pain can be somewhat lengthy and uncomfortable requiring careful pain management.

To learn more and get help for back pain please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

 203-456-5717

Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine Treatment for Back Pain

Regenerative Orthopedic treatment for back pain uses you body’s repair mechanisms to heal degenerated or damaged tissues. Sometimes, conservative non surgical or even surgical treatment does not help reduce or eliminate back pain, stiffness and loss of mobility to an acceptable level to allow a return to normal daily activities or perhaps the athletic and sports activities you wish to enjoy. If this is the case, it is worth considering non surgical Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine treatments. The type of treatment would depend on the exact diagnosis of the source of back pain-either muscles, joints, ligaments, or discs. These are same-day procedures that can be done in as little as one hour resulting in minor post-procedure discomfort and virtually no down time. Using painless harvesting techniques, bone marrow stem cells and/or platelet rich plasma growth factors are injected into highly targeted painful tissues of the back under ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance. Patients can begin to feel improvement in as little as one week but maximal effects take 2-3 months and longer. Regenerative Orthopedic treatments offer the possibility of healing painful back tissues without surgery to help you to a comfortable, active and productive lifestyle by improving pain and disc function.

To learn more about stem cell treatment, platelet rich plasma (PRP) or alpha-2 macroglobulin and get help for CONDITION please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

 203-456-5717