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Back Pain Specialist

Mile High Sports & Rehabilitation Medicine

Physical Medicine, Pain Management, and Medical Aesthetics located in Denver, CO

Back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints, causing those who experience this condition untold suffering and dramatically altering their well-being. If this is you, know that help is available. The team of highly trained physicians at Mile High Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine in Denver are highly-trained and experienced in treating many different kinds of back pain, helping their patients get the relief that they need. Call or book an appointment online today at one of their two convenient locations to learn more.

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Back pain is characterized by pain at some point in the back region. The pain can be mild or severe and may affect any part of your back. However, lower back pain is the most common form. Symptoms of back pain can include:

  • Aching pain
  • Stabbing pain
  • Shooting pain
  • Pain that radiates down the legs
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Stiffness

Depending on what your symptoms are, a wide range of causes is possible. It is important to find the correct cause so that you can properly treat your back pain.

What causes back pain?

Just as there are many different types of back pain, there are many potential causes. Some causes include:

  • Slipped discs
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Overuse injuries
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Car accidents
  • Sports-related injuries such as sprains or strains
  • Broken bones

This is only a partial list, and more causes are possible. In addition, certain lifestyle factors such as poor posture, being overweight, not getting enough exercise, wearing heels, and smoking make it more likely that you will develop back pain.

How is back pain diagnosed?

Determining the cause of your back pain is necessary to develop an appropriate treatment plan. During your appointment at Mile High Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine, the team takes a thorough history of your condition and any previous medical conditions. They will also conduct a comprehensive physical examination, most likely testing your range of motion, condition permitting.

In addition, they may order imaging tests such as an X-ray, MRI, or CAT scan, as well as blood, urine or other tests. Once they gather all of the relevant data, the team will have a better idea of what is causing your pain and how to properly treat the situation.

How is back pain treated?

There is a range of treatment options available for back pain. If your condition is less serious, rest and over the counter medications such as Tylenol or ibuprofen may be sufficient. Physical therapy and proper exercise, especially exercise that builds your core strength and flexibility, can also be helpful when the time is right and can help to prevent further injury occurring in the future.

If your pain is persistent and intense, pain medication or treatments like spinal injections may be necessary. In some cases, surgery is also necessary. Many other treatment options are available, including the innovative Discseel® Procedure. The experts at Mile High Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine will take the time to discuss every option available to you in order to collaboratively develop the best solution for your situation.

What is the Discseel Procedure?

The Discseel Procedure uses fibrin, a protein naturally found in your body, to treat disc problems such as a herniated disc and degenerative disc disease. Before your procedure, you’ll have an annulogram, a special type of X-ray that precisely detects small injuries in your discs.

Then using real-time imaging as a guide, Dr. Chan inserts a narrow needle, places it directly at the injury, and injects fibrin into the damaged disc. Fibrin forms a seal that repairs problems like tears and promotes new tissue growth that helps the disc heal.

Don’t wait, call or book online today to schedule your first appointment at Mile High Sports and Rehabilitation Medicine and get the back pain relief that you need.