Back Pain Specialist

Innovative Medical Centers

Integrative & Functional Medicine & Wellness Practitioners located in Worthington, OH

Everyone experiences back pain at one point or another, but when back pain is severe or chronic, it can change the course of your life. Finding relief from back pain can be a challenge, which is why so many men and women from Columbus, Ohio, turn to Innovative Medical Centers for comprehensive back pain care that employs a blend of effective treatment options. To learn more, call the office or use the online tool to schedule a consultation.

Back Pain Q & A

What is the cause of back pain?

Back pain is very common, but it's also a complicated issue. There are numerous causes of back pain, some of which are more difficult to identify than others. Common causes include strain or trauma, structural issues, and disease.

Strain or trauma can result from:

  • Improper lifting
  • An abrupt or unusual movement
  • A traumatic injury
  • Poor posture or sleeping position

Structural issues may include:

  • Bulging or ruptured discs
  • Sciatica
  • Curvature of the spine
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis

Diseases related to back pain include:

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Shingles
  • Bladder or kidney infections
  • Certain types of cancer

What are some treatment approaches for back pain?

Creating a customized treatment plan begins with a thorough examination and detailed health history. Once your doctor has diagnosed the source of your back pain, the next step is pursuing treatment options.

Numerous medications can assist with pain management. However, reliance on pharmaceuticals should never be a long-term treatment plan, as there are dangerous side effects including but not limited to opioid addiction.

Physical therapy is an effective way to address back pain. This approach often incorporates the use of heat/cold therapy, stretching, muscle-release techniques, and targeted exercise to improve joint mobility and relieve pain.

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) can also yield impressive results. It works by using pulsed waves of energy to amplify the spinning motion of electrons within your cells. Researchers believe that PEMF restores energy to your cells, similar to the process of recharging a battery.   

Combining PEMF with mechanical traction often yields impressive results for treating back pain. Mechanical traction uses a table equipped with a system of ropes, slings, and pulleys that gently stretch your spine and relieve spinal compression.

When should I see a doctor for back pain?

Virtually everyone experiences minor back pain at various points in life. Athletic pursuits, a slip on the ice, or even helping a friend move can strain your back and leave you stiff and sore. In these cases, you should feel better after a couple of days of rest and over-the-counter pain medication.

Chronic or severe back pain is a different matter. When pain lingers or is so bad that normal function is impossible, it’s time to seek medical care.

Back pain can be centralized to one location or present as a throbbing, dull ache that covers a large area. It can even extend down through your buttocks or legs.

If your back pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, it’s especially important to seek immediate care.

  • Weight loss
  • Inflammation
  • Urinary incontinence or difficulty urinating
  • Fever
  • Numbness in your genitals, anus, or buttocks

Don’t live with severe or chronic back pain when there are effective treatment options available. Schedule an appointment with Innovative Medical Centers today.