Back Pain

Tim Chowdhury, MD -  - Interventional Pain Management

Ortho-Spine Rehabilitation Center

Tim Chowdhury, MD

Interventional Pain Management located in Dublin, OH & Marion, OH

To say that back pain is common is an understatement — approximately 80% of adults in the United States experience lower back pain at some point in their life. At Ortho-Spine Rehab Center, Tim Chowdhury, MD, specializes in back pain of all origins, using the latest techniques to help his patients in Dublin and Marion, Ohio, to provide much-needed relief. Find out how Dr. Chowdhury can help you get rid of your back pain. Call or go online to book an appointment.

Back Pain Q & A

What makes up the back?

Your back can generally be divided into four sections:

  • Your thoracic region (upper back)
  • Your lumbar region (low back)
  • Your sacral region
  • Your coccyx

The foundational support of your back are the 33 vertebrae that run from your neck to your pelvis, which are divided by 23 discs. Surrounding your spine are the myriad of muscles, tendons, and ligaments that provide crucial support.

Not only does your back provide your body with a base of support, but it also provides passage for your nervous system, which is why back pain can be so debilitating since there are so many nerve roots that branch out from your spine.

What are the most common causes of back pain?

Our lower back is arguably the most active injury prone area of our musculoskeletal system. Considering the workload placed on your back, it’s little wonder that back pain develops as often as it does.

The most common causes of back pain encompass a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Muscle strain or spasm
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoporosis
  • Skeletal irregularities, such as scoliosis
  • Failed back surgery syndrome

In far less common cases, diseases like cancer can also lead to back pain.

How is back pain diagnosed and treated?

When it comes to back pain, the first order of business is properly diagnosing its source, which Dr. Chowdhury does through an extensive review of your symptoms, an examination, and advanced imaging.

Once he has a better idea of what’s causing your pain, there are any number of solutions that will bring you comfort and restore your quality of life, including:

  • Anti-inflammatory and/or pain medications
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Epidural injections
  • Medial branch injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Botox injection
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Nerve blocks
  • Spinal cord stimulator

While these interventional pain management techniques are designed to provide you with relief, there are many other steps you can take to offset back pain, including a physical therapy program to strengthen your back.

Dr. Chowdhury may also make some lifestyle suggestions to mitigate some of your risk factors for developing back pain, such as losing weight, smoking cessation or exercising more.

If you’re suffering from back pain and you’re located in Dublin or Marion, Ohio, call or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.