Denver Back Pain Specialists
Almost everyone will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Our team of Denver back pain specialists at MD Pain can help maximize your pain relief and help you live a normal life.
Why Choose MD Pain
MD Pain specializes in both chronic and acute back pain relief caused by degenerative disc disease, nerve compression, herniated discs, sciatic, spinal stenosis, and other spinal cord disorders. Our team of medical professionals utilizes non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments. We use the latest technology, including nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulators (SCS), radiofrequency ablations, and more.
If you've experienced a spinal cord injury or have painful muscle spasms resulting in lower back pain, the experts at MD Pain can help. Our back pain specialists can offer lasting relief and get you back to your normal activities. Whether you are experiencing mild, moderate, or severe pain and would like immediate back pain relief, contact MD Pain today at 303-750-8100 for a consultation.
Back pain is the number one cause of disability in the world. It accounts for billions of dollars in annual health care costs from diagnostic procedures, hospital stays, surgeries, physical therapy, and pain relievers. Back disorders are nearly always accompanied by time lost from work and can be a disruption in normal routines. Chronic pain has can lead to loss of mobility, decrease in daily activities, depression and anxiety, reliance on powerful painkillers, and reduced quality of life.
Acute back pain
Acute back pain is sudden onset pain that lasts less than three months. The majority of acute back pain cases are caused by:
- Sprains and strains
- Back muscles spasms
- Sciatic Nerve
- Herniated disks
Treatments for acute back pain usually involve a combination of rest, ice, and over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. If the pain does not improve after a few days or the pain worsens, the board-certified physicians at MD Pain can help.
Acute Low Back Pain
Acute low back pain is the most common type of back pain. It can be caused by a sudden injury, such as a fall, or by repetitive activities that put stress on the back. Acute low back pain is usually treated with a combination of ice, rest, and over-the-counter medications.
Chronic back pain
Chronic back pain is back pain that lasts for more than three months. Back pain can be chronic even if it began as an acute episode. The most common causes of chronic back pain are:
- Back muscle spasms or strains
- Herniated disks
- Joint problems such as osteoarthritis
- Bulging or ruptured disks
- Spinal stenosis
Treatment for chronic back pain usually involves a combination of treatments. These treatments may include medications, physical therapy, and/or surgery. If you are experiencing chronic back pain, it is important to seek medical attention to find the cause of your pain. Our pain specialists will develop a treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms.
Chronic Low Back Pain
Chronic low back pain is the most common type of chronic back pain. It is usually caused by a combination of factors such as arthritis, disk degeneration, and muscle spasms. Chronic low back pain is often treated with a combination of medications, physical therapy, and/or surgery.
MD Pain - Denver Back Pain Specialists & Spine Care
Whether you’re experiencing acute or chronic back pain, the experts at MD Pain can help relieve your pain and get you back to your normal activities. We offer treatments for both conditions, including medications, physical therapy, and surgery.
MD Pain uses comprehensive treatments and therapies to provide our patients with the best care possible to relieve pain. Back pain can be debilitating, which is why it’s crucial to seek treatment as soon as symptoms begin.
MD Pain offers personalized onsite MRI services. For more information on our Denver Back Pain Specialists, visit our provider page.
Common Back Pain Symptoms
The most common back pain symptoms of include:
- Aching or stiffness in the back
- Pain that worsens with movement
- Pain that radiates down the legs
- Pain that wakes you up at night
- Pain that gets better with heat application, but worsened by activity
- Pain that is not relieved by over the counter medications or rest
These symptoms can get worse over time. This is why it’s important to seek treatment to prevent a more severe back issue from developing. Back pain can also be a signal of a serious condition, such as cancer.
The most common causes of back pain include:
- Improper lifting or twisting
- Heavy lifting
- Traumatic injury
- Poor posture
- Strains or sprains
- Herniated disc
- Back muscle spasms
Back pain can vary significantly from person to person. Some people experience mild discomfort, while others experience debilitating pain. It’s important to seek treatment from a back pain specialist to relieve pain and prevent the issue from getting worse.
Back pain is a complex condition that requires expert care. MD Pain offers comprehensive, personalized treatment plans for patients with chronic pain.
Back Pain Diagnosis
Back pain gets diagnosed through a variety of methods, including:
- A physical examination
- Imaging tests, such as an MRI or CT scan
- A blood test
- A nerve conduction study
- A bone scan
Our pain specialists review each patient’s medical history. Then we develop a treatment plan to relieve pain and prevent it from returning. Back pain can be a symptom of a serious condition, such as cancer. So it’s important to have a thorough examination by an experienced medical doctor.
We specialize in providing comprehensive care for chronic pain. We also understand the importance of finding the root cause of the pain. Our team of back pain specialists will work with you on a treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms and get you back to living your life to the fullest.
Our Back Pain Treatments
MD Pain uses non-invasive and invasive treatments to help relieve back pain in our patients. Back surgery is often used as a last resort for severe cases of back pain but can be very effective to reduce pain. Back pain treatment is comprehensive and personalized. The MD Pain team works with their patients to relieve symptoms and get them back to living their lives again.
Some of the treatments we perform at MD Pain are:
Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy (IDET)
Intradiscal Electrothermal Annuloplasty (IDET) is a minimally invasive procedure to help heal tiny cracks or tears in spinal discs. A heating wire gets placed through a hollow needle into the affected disc and an electrical current is applied. The goal is for the heat to cauterize painful nerve fibers and help the collagen of the disc contract and heal where the tear in the disc is.
Epidural Steroid Injection
An epidural steroid injection is a procedure in which your physician uses a small needle to inject a steroid (like cortisone) into the epidural space, which is the space that surrounds your spinal cord.
Medial Branch Block and Facet Joint Injection
The diagnostic procedures used to confirm inflammation of your facet joints are medial branch blocks and facet injections. The medications used in these injections are anesthetics and steroids, which reduce pain and inflammation.
Spinal Cord Stimulators (SCS)
A spinal cord stimulator (SCS) is an innovative mechanism used to manage chronic pain and block pain signals before they reach your brain.
Trigger point injections
Trigger point injections are an injection of local anesthetic (numbing medicine) and corticosteroid (anti-inflammatory) into these taut muscle bands. These muscle relaxants allow the blood flow to the muscle to increase and wash out the painful toxic metabolites that were building up. This may break the cycle of pain. After the injections, patients will go to physical therapy.
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat pain in the spine. It is a safe and effective technique in which heat is used to disable the nerves in your spine that transfer pain signals to your brain. Radiofrequency ablation is most commonly used to treat pain caused by arthritic joints in the spine. It is also effective in treating other conditions.
Get Immediate Relief for Your Back Pain
A pain-free life may be within reach. Our team of board-certified physicians, physician assistants, and physical therapists will work with you to develop a treatment plan that best meets your needs. We offer a variety of treatments, including medications, non-invasive treatments, back exercises, manipulation, and surgery.
Back pain is the number one cause of disability in the world – don’t let it control your life. We are here to help. Call our Denver back pain specialists at MD Pain today at 303-750-8100.
Frequently Asked Questions
Simply stated, back pain is any pain that affects your back. Your pain management specialist at Metro Denver Pain Management categorizes your back pain based on the area of the back it affects, which includes:
- Cervical back pain
- Lumbar back pain
- Thoracic back pain
Symptoms of back pain vary and may depend on the cause. Common symptoms include:
- Muscle aches
- Limited mobility or flexibility
- Stabbing or shooting pain
- Inability to stand upright
Back pain usually resolves on its own within a few weeks with home treatment. However, if your back pain is lingering, the pain specialists at Metro Denver Pain Management can help.
In many cases, back pain doesn’t develop from a specific cause but results from years of bad habits such as poor posture, lifting incorrectly, or overexertion. However, there are some conditions that may lead to back pain, including:
- Bulging or ruptured disc
- Ligament or muscle strain
- Skeletal irregularities
Anyone can develop back pain, but some factors may increase your risk, such as age, occupation, and a history of depression. Carrying excess weight may also put a strain on your back and lead to pain.
Diagnostic tests may not be necessary to confirm the cause of your back pain. Your pain management specialist at Metro Denver Pain Management conducts a thorough physical examination to assess your pain, flexibility, and range of motion to assist in the development of your treatment plan.
However, your pain management specialist may recommend an X-ray, MRI, or bone scan if needed to help determine the exact cause of your back pain.
The pain management specialists at Metro Denver Pain Management take a multidisciplinary approach to managing back pain and then develop individualized treatment plans based on the cause of your pain.
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- Cortisone shots
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Spinal fusion
Your pain management specialist may also recommend physical therapy to strengthen your abdominal muscles, which improves posture and may relieve pressure on your back.