North of Atlanta Pain Clinic
Interventional Pain Management Specialists & Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation located in Duluth, GA
Back pain is a common problem that affects nearly everyone on occasion. If your back pain is ongoing or severe, the experienced pain management team led by Jae Yoo, MD, at North of Atlanta Pain Clinic in Duluth, Georgia, can help. They offer a wide array of back pain treatments to restore your quality of life. Call the office and consult with a friendly team member to schedule an appointment or book one online today.
Back Pain Q & A
What are the symptoms of back pain?
Back pain is an uncomfortable feeling in your upper, middle, or lower back. It might feel like a dull, aching pain or sharp pain. Sciatica is a type of nerve pain that might present as numbness, tingling, or shooting pain in your lower back and down your leg.
If back pain prevents you from enjoying life to its fullest, staying active, or completing everyday tasks, see the North of Atlanta Pain Clinic for an evaluation.
What is sciatica?
Sciatica is a type of pain often caused by a herniated disk, spinal narrowing, or bone spurs that compress part of your sciatic nerve. This nerve branches from your low back through your hips, butt, and down each leg. Common symptoms include weakness, pain, tingling, and numbness.
What are the risk factors for back pain?
Back pain can happen to anyone, but some factors increase your risk. Examples include:
- Older age
- Improper lifting techniques
- Physical inactivity
- Muscle or ligament strains
- Bulging or ruptured discs
To lower your risk of back discomfort, eat nutritious foods, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, don’t smoke, and avoid improper lifting or other movements that strain your back.
How does my provider diagnose the cause of back pain?
To determine the cause of your back pain, North of Atlanta Pain Clinic specialists discuss your medical history and ask about your symptoms. They examine your spine and may recommend blood tests, MRIs, CT scans, nerve studies, X-rays, or other imaging procedures.
What are common back pain treatments?
Back pain and sciatica treatments include:
At-home remedies that can relieve back discomfort include ice or heat packs, rest, and wearing a brace.
Physical therapy strength and flexibility exercises can strengthen muscle tissues, relieve back discomfort, ease nerve pressure, and reduce your risk of reinjury.
Taking medications can reduce inflammation associated with back pain, lower your risk of chronic disease complications, and relieve discomfort.
Regenerative medicine includes platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from your blood and stem cells that help your body generate new cells and heal naturally.
Your pain specialist offers various injections to reduce inflammation and back pain. Examples include steroid, facet joint, nerve block, and epidural injections. They can numb the injection site to enhance comfort during the procedure.
Radiofrequency ablation uses a fine needle to emit radio waves and damage targeted nerves. Doing so interferes with pain signals to your brain to reduce back discomfort.
Spinal cord stimulators
Your pain management specialist can implant a nerve stimulator beneath your skin to deliver electric impulses to nerves and block pain signals.
In the case of severe degeneration or injuries, North of Atlanta Pain Clinic providers offer surgery to remove, repair, or replace tissues within your back and spine.
Don’t let back pain get the best of you when simple treatments can relieve your discomfort. Call North of Atlanta Pain Clinic to schedule an appointment or book one online today.