One Health Medical Care
Internists & Primary Care Practice located in Reston, VA
Back pain is one of the most common reasons for doctor and hospital visits today, but it doesn't have to ruin your life. If you address the cause of the back pain as early as possible, there's a good chance that you can live pain free again. Dr. Mingliarti Tjahjana at One Health Medical Care in Reston, Virginia can help you deal with back pain effectively so that you can get back to your life again. Call One Health Medical Care, or schedule your appointment online.
Back Pain Q & A
Why does back pain occur?
The cause of back pain can vary from one patient to another. Some of the most common causes of back pain can include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- An accident that caused an impact to the spine or your spine's supporting muscles
- Poor posture
- Scoliosis and other congenital diseases
- Muscle strain
- Damaged vertebrae in the spine
There are also cases where the cause of the back pain is uncertain. If you have back pain, Dr. Tjahjana will make every effort to determine the reason for your back pain so that she can provide you with the best back pain relief.
Is back pain usually short term or long term?
In some cases, back pain is short term. For example, if you put too much strain on your back with improperly lifting heavy boxes last weekend, you may have some resulting pain this week. That pain will often go away as the muscles heal, and it may not return.
However, most cases of back pain aren't that simple. Back pain that lingers for weeks, months, and longer can be considered chronic and it's not going to go away unless you get some help.
What is the treatment for back pain?
Dr. Tjahjana treats back pain on a case by case basis, as each patient's needs are unique. In many cases, a combination approach is ideal. This may include both lifestyle changes and medications.
Lifestyle changes could include things such as losing extra weight and beginning an exercise program to increase the strength of the core muscles.
The medications used for back pain can vary widely. Anti-inflammatory medications come in both prescription and non-prescription versions, and they're effective for many patients with mild to moderate back pain.
For moderate to severe back pain, other medications such as muscle relaxants may be considered.
In the cases of severe chronic back pain, medication specific to nerve pain or other modalities may be considered.
No matter what kind of back pain you're suffering from, Dr. Tjahjana is ready to help you feel better.