Back Pain

Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management, Inc

Board Certified in Pain Management & Board Certified Pain Medicine & Board Certified Anesthesiology located in Centerville, OH

Nearly 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point during their lives, and getting treatment for back pain soon after it starts is critical to reducing your pain and helping your body heal. At the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management, in Centerville, Ohio, triple board-certified pain management expert and anesthesiologist Mervet Saleh, MD, and her team provide customized treatments to relieve your back pain. If back pain is disrupting your life, call the practice or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.

Back Pain Q & A

Why does my back hurt?

Back pain is a widespread but highly variable complaint. You may have a dull throbbing pain or a sharp, stabbing pain. Back pain can develop in your upper (thoracic) or lower (lumbar) spine and may last for less than six weeks or for months or years.

It’s no surprise there are dozens of potential causes of back pain. Some of the common causes of back pain include:

  • Damage to your muscles and connective tissues from an acute injury or overuse
  • Herniated discs
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fractured vertebrae

Your risk of back pain increases as you get older. Your lifestyle can also influence your chances of getting back pain. For example, if you spend too much time sitting, are overweight, or if you don’t get enough physical activity, you’re more likely to hurt your back.

How is the cause of back pain diagnosed?

At the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management, Dr. Saleh and her team diagnose the cause of back pain with a comprehensive exam and diagnostic imaging studies. They review your personal and family medical history and ask questions about your symptoms.

They may guide you through a series of movements to see where your pain is located and how it’s inhibiting your movement. Dr. Saleh and her team may also order X-rays, MRIs, and nerve studies to learn more about your back pain and identify its cause.

How is back pain treated?

Once Dr. Saleh and her team understand your back pain, they customize a treatment plan combining medications, therapies, and lifestyle adjustments to relieve your pain.

Dr. Saleh and the team at the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management offer a variety of spinal injections using fluoroscopy, a special type of X-ray, to guide the needle placement, including:

  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Nerve root block injections
  • Sacroiliac joint injections
  • Morphine pump trials and implants
  • Spinal cord stimulator trials and implants

Dr. Saleh and her team use these injections on your cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spinal areas, depending on the location of the issue causing your pain.

Medication and spinal injections are often combined with physical therapy. During physical therapy, you practice exercises and stretches to improve strength and flexibility in your back and core, which can help reduce your discomfort and prevent future problems that could lead to pain.

If you have back pain that hasn’t gotten better after a couple of days of rest, call the Ohio Institute for Comprehensive Pain Management or schedule a consultation online to get expert treatments to manage your pain and restore your well-being.