Alleviating Upper Back Pain through High-Quality, Innovative Treatment
For decades, we’ve helped thousands of patients emerge from treatment ready to return to the quality of life they once enjoyed. You can be confident EmergeOrtho’s neck and back specialists are not only current on the latest advancements, but come with the highest volumes of surgical experience and coverage across the state.
Back pain is incredibly common: four out of five Americans will experience it during their lifetimes. Fortunately, 80 percent of the time, upper back pain is simply a result of strain or soft tissue injury, and the patient’s condition will improve with specialized exercises, rest and anti-inflammatory medicine.
However, for people who have pinched nerves, herniated discs, serious muscle strains or other spine conditions, symptoms can last for years and may even be permanently disabling.
Causes of Upper Back Pain
There are several possible causes of upper back pain. Some of these include:
- Injury from lifting incorrectly
- Muscle strain
- Pinched nerves
- Spinal stenosis
- Ruptured or herniated disc
- Scoliosis or other spinal irregularities
- Degenerative disc disease
When should I see a doctor about back pain?
Back pain typically gets worse when it is not treated. If you have any of the following symptoms, please schedule an appointment with one of our back specialists:
- Any pain that runs from your neck to your arm or hand
- Pain that persists after lifting a heavy object
- Weakness in your arms or legs
Treatments for Upper Back Pain
At Emerge Ortho, we’re committed to developing a treatment plan that is tailored for your specific condition. An accurate, timely diagnosis is critical for a full and complete recovery. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach allows us to provide advanced levels of care.
Back pain can only be diagnosed and treated by a physician. There are many conservative treatments such as stretching, exercise plans, and non-invasive forms of physical therapy that may relieve back pain. Medications such as muscle relaxants, narcotics, topical pain relievers, injections, and antidepressants may also be viable options.
With the recent emphasis on the “opioid epidemic,” there is an increased emphasis on appropriate use of narcotic medications. Our providers have training and experience in working with you to ensure your safety and attempting to avoid and limit narcotic use whenever possible.
While surgery may make sense for some patients when conservative treatments fail, it is not common. If your back pain is correlated with progressive muscle weakness or radiating leg pain due to nerve compression, surgery may help. It may also make sense if your back pain is related to a herniated disk, spinal stenosis, or other structural issues that have not improved with other forms of treatment.
Our specialists use diagnostic testing such as EMGs, MRIs, and X-rays. These tests and imaging will give the physician knowledge and resources necessary to accurately determine the source of your pain. Once the source is discovered, we work with you to develop an extensive treatment plan. Your health care team will always explore nonsurgical options before suggesting surgery. These may include:
- Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs)
- Pain relievers, in pill, salve or ointment form
- Muscle relaxants
- Cortisone injections
- Prescription pain medication
- Radio frequency lesioning
- Spinal cord stimulators
- Physical, occupational and aquatic therapy
Please contact us to see which services are offered at the orthopedic office location closest to you.
When you visit an EmergeOrtho location, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation of your neck, back and spine pain. Let one of our specialty-trained physicians help you return to the active lifestyle you are used to.