Internal Disc Disruption and Back Pain
The causes of back pain are oftentimes difficult to determine. While some issues are developed over time, others can be the result of a strain or injury. Regardless, pinpointing exactly what the issue is and how to treat it can often take time, leaving you not only in pain, but wondering when it all will end. One of the most difficult to diagnose is internal disc disruption. Internal problems are always difficult to spot no matter what the problem, and internal disc disruption is no different.
Your back is made up of vertebrae, or the bones and spinal discs, which are the cushioning system for your back. This cushioning provides shock absorption and allows you to move and stretch freely. When you experience an internal disc disruption, the discs are having a problem with their central pulp. This can cause a destabilization of the entire disc, leading to less cushioning between your vertebrae. In addition to this, as your disc deflates, it can cause nerve pinching and huge discomfort in your back. Experiencing pain of this nature can prevent you from enjoying your normal life activities, including physical exercise.
There are new treatments becoming available for dealing with issues around internal disc disruption. Firstly, your back pain specialist will likely use a MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to determine what is going on internally with your spine. From that they will be able to tailor an individual plan to help deal with your pain and other issues associated with your back problems. Though it may seem like an extreme problem, surgery is not always the best option. Working with a 360-degree approach to deal with all the issues in your body, like the specialists at the Integrated Spine and Sports clinic do, can go a long way to getting you back to a pain-free life without the use of surgery.
Our approach to treating back pain
By visiting a back pain specialist clinic such as Integrated Spine & Sports, the professionals there can help individually tailor a program to help both manage your symptoms and work on your recovery.
We offer non-surgical options for the treatment of injuries and medical conditions affecting the back, with an integrative approach that may include:
Back Pain Specialists
Our back pain specialists in Manhattan create custom treatments designed to meet the needs of people suffering from acute pain due to injury, as well as those experiencing chronic conditions affecting the muscles, discs, soft tissue and nerves within the back, cervical spine, and neck.
Our integrative team, consisting of a board-certified physiatrist, chiropractors, and physical therapists, offers comprehensive treatment for acute and chronic back pain treatment in NYC.
Back Pain FAQs
Some of the common symptoms of COVID-19 are “aches and pains”. Some patients do experience back pain, especially in the lower back. In some cases, the pain is subtle but constant. In others, it is an intense, pulsating pain, which can radiate down to the legs. If the back pain persists, consult your doctor.
Generally, the best position to sleep is on your back. Sleeping on one’s back ensures that the spine is in a neutral position, which can help with back pain. You can also put a pillow under your knees, legs, and/or lower back to support the natural curve of the spine. This can minimize lumbar pressure and relieve back pain.
If doing gentle back stretches doesn’t do the trick, then try strengthening your core so your spine isn’t struggling to stay upright. Heat therapy and cold therapy can also work well for pain relief. If your back pain is a result of poor posture or a bad workstation setup, make the necessary changes to avoid back pain in the future.
Your back pain is likely serious if it occurs with any of the following symptoms: numbness in lower body, loss of bladder/bowel control, fever, unexplained weight loss, swelling. In such cases, please consult a physiatrist immediately.
Short-term (or acute) back pain lasts a few days to a few weeks. This is often the case with back pain, and patients usually recover without medical treatment. Sometimes, it lasts for 12 weeks or longer. This is called chronic back pain, and it can take a while to go away. Medical treatment often helps relieve chronic backpain, so we recommend consulting a physiatrist.
Acupuncture provides short-term relief for chronic back pain. Back pain is actually the number 1 reported reason people seek acupuncture. By stimulating the various acupuncture points associated with back pain, parts of the nervous system are also stimulated, which can help provide pain relief.