Persistent back pain is one of the most common reasons that people seek medical care. At Rajan Medical Group, primary care physician Deepak Thiagarajan, MD, can diagnose the underlying cause of your back pain using advanced diagnostic technologies. Dr. Thiagarajan also customizes a pain management plan to treat the cause of your back pain and prevent additional health complications. Call the San Bernardino, California, office to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for back pain or book an appointment online today.
Acute back pain that lasts six weeks or less is often the result of minor musculoskeletal injuries like muscle sprains and joint strains.
Chronic back pain typically lasts six months or more and can negatively impact your mobility and quality of life. This type of chronic pain can result from underlying spine issues like:
You might also experience persistent back pain that originates in another area of your body. For instance, kidney stones can cause pain that radiates into your back.
Rajan Medical Group provides comprehensive care for acute and chronic back pain. Dr. Thiagarajan takes a patient-centered approach to care to help you manage existing back pain and prevent it from worsening.
You should schedule a consultation at Rajan Medical Group if you can no longer manage your back pain with over-the-counter medications. You should also book an appointment if your pain continues to worsen, even with home care and rest.
Dr. Thiagarajan completes a physical exam to evaluate the range of motion in your back. He may also order X-rays or other diagnostic imaging tests to check for abnormalities in the structures of your spine.
If over-the-counter medications aren’t working well to ease your back pain, Dr. Thiagarajan may prescribe anti-inflammatories or pain-relieving medications to increase your comfort. If oral medications aren’t effective, you may benefit from spinal injections of steroids and an anesthetic.
As your back pain lessens, you may need to participate in physical therapy sessions to strengthen your back muscles and improve your spine flexibility. There are also stretching exercises you can do at home to keep your muscles healthy.
Excess body fat puts pressure on your spinal structures and contributes to chronic back pain. A medically supervised weight-loss program is available at Rajan Medical Group to help you achieve a healthy body weight and improve your overall health.
Severe back pain that results from spine conditions like degenerative disc disease may require surgery to repair or remove damaged tissue. Dr. Thiagarajan can refer you to a spine surgeon for additional treatment.
You can meet with Dr. Thiagarajan for follow-up visits in the office or through the online telehealth platform so that he can monitor your progress with treatment.
Call Rajan Medical Group to schedule a back pain consultation or book an appointment online today.