Chronic Lower Back Pain
Treatment in NJ
Are you suffering with a sharp back pain or dull backache? Perhaps the sensation feels like a tingling, numbness or burning sensation. Is your back tender to the touch or do you have limited range-of-motion? Life is too short to live with back pain!
The 2 Biggest
Back Pain Mistakes:
· Doing nothing about it!
· Not knowing the cause!
If your back pain hasn’t gone away by now… it probably won’t vanish on its own! According to a 1998 study in the British Medical Journal, 75% of back pain sufferers who do nothing about their back pain will either have pain or disability 12 months later.
The spine bends, straightens and twists. The muscles that support the spine are continuously in use. Is it any wonder that constant stress on the back, which supports the spine - can result in back strain and pain? In fact, the lower back supports nearly all body weight and is subject to the most mechanical stress.
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Unfortunately, 90% of Americans will have back pain at some point in their lives. This year, millions of Americans will experience a potentially debilitating back injury. For many, they’ll suffer pain or discomfort for the rest of their lives, due to an incorrect diagnosis, improper or inadequate care.
There is no other back pain relief program like ours… anywhere!
We are the premier non-surgical spine clinic offering the most effective tools for treating acute and chronic back pain. Our healthcare team works together to create customized treatment programs, which result in lasting back pain relief. In addition, we have integrated our team approach with the most effective and revolutionary equipment and supports, allowing us to correctly deal with almost every back problem quickly, effectively and safely!
At the AIMS Clinic, we believe identifying the cause makes all the difference when seeking back pain relief! Our Pain Management Doctor (Physiatrist) treats a wide range of problems that affect the musculoskeletal system (the muscles and the bones) - including back pain. A Physiatrist or Pain Management Doctor, has completed four years of medical school, one year of internship and three years of residency. Physiatrists specialize in restoring optimal function to people with injuries to the muscles, bones, tissues and nervous system. This may include neck and back pain, shoulder and arm pain, hip and leg pain, numbness and tingling, arthritis, tendonitis, sciatica, stroke, peripheral neuropathy and ligament tears. He may recommend Physical Therapy, Chiropractic and/or Acupuncture, as part of a customized treatment program, once the cause is determined.
Finding this cause, begins with a thorough health history, understanding of the patient’s symptoms, along with a structural and muscular examination. Our Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Teams may perform a manual exam, palpate the spine and conduct specialized testing to analyze posture, range-of-motion, muscle strength and nerve function. Other diagnostic tests may include laboratory blood studies to determine if there is an underlying disorder, x-rays, CAT scan, MRI, electromyography and nerve conduction studies.
It is important to understand that back pain symptoms can signify different things! For instance, the same symptom could indicate an inflammatory concern, nerve entrapment issue, disc or muscular problem - that is why finding the exact cause is so vital! For instance, one of the most common types of structural back pain is sciatica. Sciatica is not actually a condition, but a symptom of a back condition. The cause of sciatica may be due to Piriformis Syndrome (muscle imbalance in the lower back or pelvis causing a pulling or tugging), a herniated or bulging disc, Spondylolisthesis (disorder that usually affects the lumbar spine, characterized by one vertebra slipping forward over an adjacent vertebra) or spinal tumor. So as you can see, there are numerous causes of sciatica, each requiring a specific treatment plan.
Back pain is caused by many factors such as: Poor Posture (improper position when sitting, reading, sleeping or working at a computer), Injury (auto, sports or slip and fall), Improper Bending and Lifting Techniques, Inadequate Muscle Strength, Shortened Muscles, Strained Muscles or Ligaments, Scoliosis, Arthritis, Being Overweight, Facet Joint Syndrome, Pinched Nerve, Sciatica, Spinal Stenosis, Bulging or Herniated Disc or Segmental Instability (excess movement between two vertebrae, causing pinching or irritation of the nerve roots). Many people find themselves with back pain after sitting for long periods of time - bending their head and neck forward, participating in sports without warming up or simply traveling frequently by plane.
Despite technological innovations, patients face failed back surgeries at an alarming rate. As leading specialists in non-invasive spine procedures, we provide relief of acute and chronic lower and upper back pain. At the AIMS Clinic, our multi-specialty physicians uncover the cause of back pain and create customized treatment programs. With a high success rate, our team of experts and compassionate staff have designed a proven program to successfully treat patients with back pain and spine related conditions. Our procedures are directly responsible for saving hundreds of patients from unnecessary surgery. Key to our success is finding the cause!
After finding the cause, the proper treatment can be instituted to achieve back pain relief. Treatment may include medications, as well as injections of ligaments, muscles, bursae, joints and specialized injections such as epidural injections or facet joint block injection. Physical Therapy, Chiropractic or Acupuncture may be an integral part of the back pain treatment program.
Lower back pain relief is the number one reason patients come to treat with our chiropractic physicians. They find that pain is relieved, muscle tightness is reduced and healing begins by manually applying a controlled force to joints that have become restricted by muscle injury, strain, inflammation and/or pain. In addition, spinal decompression - traction that may help relieve back pain, may be considered. Spinal decompression works by gently stretching the spine - taking pressure off spinal discs (gel-like cushions between the bones in your spine). Additionally, spinal decompression is successful in treating neck pain, bulging or herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, posterior facet syndrome (worn spinal joints) and radiculopathy (injured or diseased spinal nerve roots). This revolutionary treatment method, which may be covered by health insurance - has resulted in canceling surgeries and allowing people to live life to the fullest. Many patients experience substantial, immediate relief of their symptoms after their first treatment.
At the AIMS Clinic, there are several forms of physical therapy utilized for back pain relief. For acute pain, the physical therapist may focus on decreasing pain with passive physical therapy (modalities). They are considered passive therapies because they are done to the patient, rather than the patient rehabilitating with exercise. Examples of modalities include: Ice (makes blood vessels constrict which decreases the blood flow - helping to control inflammation, muscle spasm and pain), Heat (makes blood vessels dilate, which increases the blood flow - helping flush away chemicals that cause pain, as well as bringing in healing nutrients and oxygen.), Ultrasound (uses high-frequency sound waves to reach sore muscles and other tissues that are over two inches below the surface of your skin, which help flush the sore area and bring in a new supply of blood that is rich in nutrients and oxygen.) Electrical Stimulation (can ease pain by sending impulses to the brain that are felt instead of pain.), Soft Tissue Massage (reduces pain and spasm by helping muscles relax - by bringing in a fresh supply of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood and by flushing the area of chemical irritants that come from inflammation.), Joint Mobilization (changing pressure and movements to the joints to help lubricate joint surfaces to ease stiffness and reduce pain.) and Traction (sore joints and muscles often feel better when traction (pull) is used.).
In addition to passive therapies, active physical therapy (exercise) is also necessary to rehabilitate the spine. Generally, a patient’s back exercise program will encompass a combination of stretching exercises, strengthening exercises and low impact aerobics. Strength and flexibility must be built up gradually - on a gradient level. Doing too much too soon often causes muscle strain. Our physical therapists use functional training to help patients with daily activities. This will include a healthy posture program to keep the spine in safe alignment, reducing strain on the joints and soft tissues around the spine.
Other back pain relief recommendations include staying hydrated. Drink plenty of water to help flush away acidic waste products from the muscles. High levels of acidic waste products in the muscles can cause muscle irritation and pain. Poor dietary choices can lead to chronic inflammation - increasing pain sensitivity. Daily supplementation of Vitamin D can help alleviate a deficiency and low back pain, according to recent studies.
Many back pain patients treated at the AIMS Clinic have previously treated with various doctors, specialists and therapists, tried bed rest, a multitude of strong drugs and over-the-counter medication and sadly, many have had failed surgery. They come to us because they're still in pain ...and they’ve heard about the success of our program offered here in East Brunswick, NJ. Many are close to losing hope because even after all the consultations, tests and treatments they've been through, they still don't... move like they used to!
If this describes you, a family member or friend, we're here to tell you that you can get better. Our Board Certified Medical Doctors, Pain Management Specialist, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors and Acupuncturist utilize specific diagnostic tests and evaluations, so that we can effectively provide the best care in New Jersey to all of our patients. After a few short weeks, you can begin to get on with the rest of your life, as you rid yourself of the back pain you're suffering with.
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Call New Jersey’s own Alternative Integrated Medical Services today at 732-254-5553 and receive a FREE Initial Consultation. Our goal is to provide the most advanced and compassionate pain relief. Our Team of Experts and friendly staff at your local East Brunswick, NJ AIMS Clinic, will help you reduce or eliminate pain and improve function. As our patient, we will teach you how to regain your health with our revolutionary new treatment program.