Heritage Regenerative Medicine
John E. Stavrakos, MS, MD
Sports Medicine Clinic & Wellness Center serving The Greater Charlotte Area
Back Pain Q & A
Why have I got back pain?
The reasons why you might have back pain are numerous, ranging from having poor posture to suffering a severe spinal injury. Broadly speaking, the causes of back pain tend to be either acute injuries, overuse injuries, or chronic diseases.
Falls, playing sports, and accidents at work, home, or on the road are the most likely causes of acute back pain. These tend to be strains and sprains of the muscles and connective tissues. Overuse of your back can cause repetitive strain injuries.
Spine diseases that can cause back pain include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Facet joint arthritis
- Bone spurs
- Rheumatoid arthritis
You could also experience back pain if you have a neuropathic pain disorder or condition like fibromyalgia.
How is back pain diagnosed?
When diagnosing back pain, Dr. Stavrakos begins by discussing your current symptoms with you and looking at your medical history. He then performs a physical exam.
You might require an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI to examine the spine in detail. However, Dr. Stavrakos finds that imaging tests like these don't always offer the most holistic approach to assessing your back pain.
Dr. Stavrakos takes a broader view that accounts for biotensegrity — the idea that your back pain has links to many other parts of your body in addition to your spine. Using this approach, he can offer a more comprehensive solution to your back pain.
What treatments could ease my back pain?
The treatment you need for your back pain varies according to the type of injury or disease and the damage it’s caused.
A combination of rest, physical therapy, and medication is often an effective solution to back pain. However, Dr. Stavrakos provides additional cutting-edge treatments if these conservative approaches aren't working. Options include:
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
- Stem cell therapy
- Intravenous (IV) therapy
- Birth tissue products
- Wharton's jelly
- Ozone therapy
Dr. Stavrakos aims to heal your back and relieve your pain using the most natural methods. Patients often benefit so greatly from these methods that they no longer need to consider surgery to relieve their back pain.
To find the right treatment for your back pain, call Heritage Regenerative Medicine or book an appointment online today.
Sports Medicine Clinic & Wellness Center located the greater Charlotte, NC area