Are you or a loved one suffering from back pain? Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital (HVSH) has your back. They offer comprehensive, compassionate care and an array of treatment options to help you start living again.
Back pain can be severe and debilitating, but today there are more roads to relief than ever. The DMC Spine Center in Commerce Township specializes in surgical and nonsurgical solutions for back pain, including minimally invasive back procedures, which are designed to help patients recover faster and with less pain compared to traditional surgery.
Back pain explained
Back pain is one of the most common medical problems in the United States, affecting 8 out of 10 Americans at some point in their lives. It can range from a dull, constant ache to sudden, sharp pain.
Many things can cause back pain, including sprains, strains and fractures to pregnancy, infections, as well as myofascial and structural alignment issues. And while it can affect anyone at any time, some risk factors may increase a person’s chance of developing back pain, including:
- Fitness level – People who are not physically fit usually have weak back and stomach muscles that can’t adequately support the spine, which may likely cause back pain. In addition, the opposite is true. Overtraining and improper form can lead to back pain.
- Weight gain – Excess weight can put stress on the back, increasing the risk of back pain.
- Job type – Jobs requiring heavy lifting, pushing/pulling or twisting can increase a person’s risk for back pain. A desk job can also put you at risk for back pain, especially if you have poor posture or sit all day long without proper ergonomics.
- Age – Older adults are more prone to back pain due to degenerative diseases.
- Heredity -Some genetic disorders can play a role in developing back pain.
- Nutrition – Highly processed foods and beverages lack adequate vitamins and minerals to nourish organs, including the musculoskeletal system, which can increase inflammation.
“Given that back pain is one of the most common reasons that patients seek care in the United States, I think an accurate diagnosis to determine the cause of the pain is the top priority,” says Dr. John Morasso, a Board-Certified Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician who treats musculoskeletal conditions at DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital. “That way, a personalized treatment plan can be created with a patient to help with their current issues and prevent future issues.”
When to seek help for back pain
Most back pain goes away with rest and over-the-counter medication. However, if it doesn’t improve after three days, you should consult a doctor, especially if you have back pain following an injury. If back pain is accompanied by other symptoms, such as numbness and tingling, trouble urinating, weakness, pain or numbness in the legs or fever, seek immediate medical attention.
“If you’re looking for advanced and personalized back pain treatment, our experienced spine team can work with you to help give you the best course of treatment and recovery for back pain, focusing on exploring all nonsurgical options first,” says Dr. Morasso. “However, if conventional treatment options don’t work, our orthopedic spine and neurosurgeons can perform a comprehensive range of surgical back and spine procedures.”
The treatment for back pain depends on the source and symptoms of the pain. Your doctor may recommend various options, including medications to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Other nonsurgical treatment options include physical therapy, home exercise programs, osteopathic manipulation therapy of the spine and nearby tissue, acupuncture, dry needling, trigger point and spinal injections.
At HVSH, doctors only resort to surgical procedures when all other treatments haven’t improved the symptoms. If you are a candidate for surgery, their skilled physicians are able to perform an array of advanced procedures. Advanced treatment options include degenerative disc disease treatment, herniated disc treatment and minimally invasive back pain procedures that may result in shorter hospital stays and a quicker recovery.
Why HVSH for back pain?
The DMC Spine Center in Commerce Township includes surgical and nonsurgical physicians, pain management specialists, nurses specializing in spinal care and physical therapists. Based on your diagnosis, they will work with you to develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. They will help you schedule timely appointments and refer you to additional doctors should they be required.
As a part of DMC, they also offer access to multiple DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan (RIM) outpatient rehabilitation clinics throughout the tri-county area to help provide a seamless transition to recovery.
“There are many treatment options for back pain. We’re here to help you throughout your spine care journey by offering personalized and compassionate care,” says Dr. Morasso. “Our goal is to get you back to doing activities you enjoy, and we have the experience and resources to do just that.”
To find a back pain specialist, visitthe DMC Spine Center’s website.