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Back Pain

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy located in Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Affecting 4 out of every 5 Americans, back pain is the most common and costly problem in orthopaedics. While back pain resolves on its own over time for many people, not everyone is so lucky. If you have ongoing back pain or severe back pain, the experienced team at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics can help. We perform thorough evaluations to find and treat the root cause of your back pain so you get long-term relief. Call the office in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, or request an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Back pain is a common condition that causes a wide range of symptoms. You may develop back pain after a bad fall or lifting something that’s too heavy. Back pain may also develop over time from degenerative changes that occur in your spine as you get older.

For most people, back pain is an acute problem that resolves within a few days or a few weeks. Some people develop chronic back pain, which is pain that lasts three or more months.

No matter the severity, longevity, or cause of your back pain, the experts at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics can help. 

What are common causes of back pain?

There are many conditions that cause back pain. Some of the most common include:

  • Arthritis
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Sciatica
  • Traumatic injury
  • Spinal deformities
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Compression fractures
  • Strains and sprains

Sometimes back pain develops without a specific cause. 

What can I expect during a back pain evaluation?

You can expect a thorough exam from the team at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics when you come in seeking help for your back pain. 

We take a patient-centered approach to care and focus on finding the root cause of your discomfort so we can develop a plan that relieves your pain and restores your life.

Your provider asks detailed questions about your back pain, including the type of discomfort you feel, when it started, how it’s changed over time, and the activities that make your pain worse or better.

We perform a physical and run various diagnostic tests, such as blood work, X-rays, or MRIs, to find the root cause of your back pain. For your convenience, Wisconsin River Orthopaedics has an on-site open MRI. 

How is back pain treated?

Treatment for your back pain depends on the underlying cause, the severity of your symptoms, and your overall health. Initially, the team takes a conservative approach to care and recommends:

  • Limiting rest to no more than two days
  • Exercise program
  • Physical therapy and occupational therapy
  • Medication
  • Injections

When conservative measures fail to provide significant relief from your back pain, the experts at Wisconsin River Orthopaedics may recommend spine surgery.

The team uses minimally invasive techniques to treat your spine problem. These include microdiscectomy for a herniated disc, decompression for spinal stenosis, and lumbar fusion for spondylolisthesis. 

There’s no reason you need to suffer from back pain. Call Wisconsin River Orthopaedics today or schedule a consultation through the online booking tool.