A leading cause of disability around the world, back pain is universal. When the discomfort persists or worsens over time, it’s important to seek professional help for lasting relief.

WHAT’S CAUSING YOUR CHRONIC BACK PAIN?

If you have persistent back pain that’s lasted longer than three months, it’s a sign that there’s an underlying problem that needs to be addressed.

The most common causes include:


An old injury

An injury that never healed is a common cause of back pain in middle age.

Ruptured or bulging discs

When the soft material inside a spinal disc ruptures or bulges, it can cause significant discomfort.

Spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal column, resulting in back pain that may radiate down the legs and buttocks.

Scoliosis

When the spine curves abnormally, it can strain the surrounding muscles and ligaments, resulting in chronic pain.

THE DIAGNOSIS: WHAT TO EXPECT

Step 1: Consultation

When you arrive at our Long Island office, we will first talk to you about your back pain. We will ask you to rate your discomfort and discuss any triggers for the pain.

Step 2: Physical examination

From there, we will perform a physical examination and assess your ability to sit, stand, and walk

Step 3: X-ray

If necessary, we will order an x-ray. This imaging test may reveal problems with your bones and can help us diagnose arthritis or a fracture.

Step 4: MRI or CT scan

Finally, an MRI or CT scan may be needed to uncover issues with structures that aren’t seen on an x-ray, including your discs, muscles, tissue, tendons, nerves and ligaments.

OUR TREATMENT APPROACH

At Long Island Spine Specialists, we don’t simply treat symptoms and cover up your pain.

Rather, our goal is always to:

  • Identify the root cause of your discomfort
  • Treat the underlying issue
  • Restore optimal function and comfort
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