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Back Pain Specialist

Southern Tennessee Spine and Pain Center

Pain Management & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Winchester, TN

Your back is a complex body part that supports the weight and movement of your upper body. The structure and function of your back are why so many people experience back pain at least one time throughout their life. At Southern Tennessee Spine and Pain Center in Winchester, Tennessee, William Newton, DO, MS, and the team offer a full spectrum of treatment options for back pain. Whether your back pain is acute or chronic, the team can help you. Call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Back Pain Q&A

What is back pain?

Back pain refers to any discomfort you feel in your back. When experiencing back pain, most people complain of pain in their lower back or lumbar spine.

The lumbar spine has five vertebrae that support most of the weight of your upper body. That added stress increases the risk of injuries or medical conditions that result in back pain.

What causes back pain?

Most back pain develops because of mechanical problems that affect the structure of your back, impairing function. Common causes of back pain include:

  • Strains and sprain
  • Bulging or herniated disc
  • Sciatica
  • Radiculopathy (spinal nerve compression)
  • Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis
  • Spondylosis (degeneration of the spine from general wear-and-tear)

The pain may occur from an injury like a slip and fall at work or from degenerative changes that occur in your spine as you get older.

What can I expect during a back pain evaluation?

You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you come in to visit the pain management experts at Southern Tennessee Spine and Pain Center with concerns about back pain.

Your provider asks detailed questions about your back pain, including when it started, the underlying cause (if known), the type and location of your pain, and the activities that make your pain worse. 

They perform a physical exam, paying close attention to the structure and function of your spine, as well as the supportive muscles. Your provider may request diagnostic tests to confirm or rule out a diagnosis, such as blood work, X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI.

How is back pain treated?

Treatment for your back pain depends on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. Initially, the team at Southern Tennessee Spine and Pain Center may take a conservative approach, recommending medication, activity modification, and physical therapy.

However, if conservative care fails to provide significant relief from your back pain, the experts at Southern Tennessee Spine and Pain Center offer many innovative, minimally invasive treatments such as:

  • Radiofrequency ablation (RFA)
  • Boston Scientific Spinal cord stimulation
  • Epidural steroid injection
  • NALU Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • The Vertiflex™ Procedure
  • Flowonix Intrathecal pump
  • Intracept® Procedure 
  • The Minuteman® interspinous-interlaminar fusion device
  • PainTEQ™ LinQ™ sacroiliac (SI) joint fusion 
  • Botox® injections

The minimally invasive spine procedures and pain management tools available at Southern Tennessee Spine and Pain Center may help reduce your reliance on oral pain medication.

To find out more about the treatments for back pain available at Southern Tennessee Spine and Pain Center, call the office or book an appointment online today.