Monmouth County Pain Management for Low Back Pain Caused by Strains or Sprains

Muscle strains are a very common cause of back pain, particularly in the low back. Muscle strains happen in this area when the fibers of the muscles are stretched and torn. Lumber (lower back) sprains are a different condition in that they affect the ligaments. A sprain occurs when these ligaments are torn from their attachments to the bones of the spine.

Both of these conditions can cause lower back pain, and on a basic level the treatment for each of these is similar. Symptoms might also include muscle spasms and pain that is associated with activity (often leading to a loss of mobility).

The first step in finding treatment for low back pain is to complete a full diagnosis to determine if the pain is caused by a lumbar strain or sprain, or another back pain condition.

Pain Management and Rehabilitation for Low Back Pain

Choosing a doctor that specializes in pain management and disorders of the musculoskeletal system is an important step in managing low back pain caused by strains and sprains. The Medical Director at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation is a Physiatrist (a medical doctor who works in the field of Pain Management and Rehabilitation, or PM&R).

The most logical and effective back pain management strategy begins with the most conservative treatments first, thereby reducing the risk of unnecessary surgeries or other invasive procedures. The first step in a conservative treatment process (after diagnosis) is to design a customized plan that may include physical therapy, spinal decompression traction, acupuncture for pain relief, massage therapy, and/or chiropractic care.

When sprains and strains in the low back cause disabling pain, the pain management specialist at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation may decide to use one of a number of minimally invasive procedures involving the injection of a corticosteroid or an anesthetic numbing agent. This strategy often helps patients regain mobility and reduce pain enough to use more conservative treatments—physical therapy, for example—and reduce the need for surgery.

Back Pain Treatment at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation

Our office also offers acupuncture for back pain. As part of an ongoing commitment to conservative, healthy treatment options, acupuncture helps the body harness its natural ability to reduce pain by prompting the release of endorphins and serotonin in the body. Endorphins, in particular, are known to have opiate-like qualities.
Please contact our Red Bank, NJ office today to learn more about treatment for lower back pain in Monmouth County.