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Back Pain Specialist

MM Jersey City Breathing Center

Internal Medicine & Pulmonology located in Jersey City, NJ

Both acute and chronic back pain can make it difficult to work, sleep, and participate in daily activities. The board-certified team of medical providers at MM Jersey City Breathing Center can end your struggles with debilitating upper, middle, or lower back pain. The team offers outstanding, personalized care at three locations throughout Jersey City, New Jersey. To schedule an evaluation, call the MM Jersey City Breathing Center office nearest you.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Most people experience some type of back pain during their lives. Acute back pain may prevent you from participating in work and other activities, but with proper care, it typically resolves within a few weeks. 

Chronic back pain may be the result of a postural imbalance or an underlying health condition. Addressing the cause of chronic back pain can relieve your symptoms so they don’t have a negative impact on your quality of life.

Several conditions can cause acute or chronic back pain. These include:

  • Poor posture
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Herniated or bulging discs in the spine
  • Bone spurs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Vertebral fractures
  • Muscle spasm
  • Nerve compression or impingement
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Injuries
  • Auto accidents

If you’re overweight, you lead a sedentary lifestyle, or you frequently wear high-heeled shoes, you have an increased risk of developing back pain.

What are the most common symptoms of back pain?

Conditions that lead to back pain may create:

  • Constant discomfort or pain along the spine
  • Sharp pain after activity
  • Radiating pain
  • Restricted ability to move or stand

Lower back pain accompanied by fever may indicate a kidney or bladder infection. Seek treatment from a medical provider if you have these symptoms.

How is back pain diagnosed? 

When you see an expert physician at MM Jersey City Breathing Center, your doctor spends time reviewing your medical history and discusses your symptoms with you in detail. They also perform a comprehensive physical exam. 

Your doctor may ask you to bend and perform other movements to assess how your condition has affected your range of motion. They may order blood or urine tests to rule out infection. They may also recommend diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray, ultrasound, or MRI.

How is back pain treated?

Treatment depends on the exact cause of your back pain and other individual factors. Your MM Jersey City Breathing Center expert designs a personalized treatment plan, which may include:

  • Ice
  • Over-the-counter pain medicine
  • Exercise programs
  • Physical therapy
  • Weight-loss programs
  • Prescription medications

Don’t let debilitating back pain prevent you from participating in the activities you enjoy. To schedule an evaluation for acute or chronic back pain, call the nearest MM Jersey City Breathing Center location today.