What Is Back Pain?
Given the complexity of the human back, it becomes clear why back pain is so common. Your back is an intricate network of bones, muscles, connective tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. Not only does it house and support your spinal cord, but it also enables you to stand upright and complete a wide range of motion each day.
Back aches can take many different forms, and your discomfort may be very different from someone else’s. Even if you’ve felt aches before, a new round can be a completely different experience. Your pain might be sharp or dull, constant or intermittent. It might be localized in one distinct spot, or spread throughout a region of your spine. It could merely be a nagging inconvenience or a debilitating sensation that’s impossible to ignore.
What Causes Back Pain?
Pain can be caused by anything that damages a component of your back. Some of the most common causes include:
- Certain medical conditions
- Damaged discs
- Muscle strain or tension
- Strained ligaments or tendons
- Traumatic injury
In some cases, there is no clear cause of persistent aches, which can make it hard to determine the best treatment.
How Can Drs. De Castro and Basit Help Me?
Drs. De Castro and Basit treat back pain by focusing on and addressing the condition(s) causing your discomfort. A diagnostic exam and x-rays can reveal information about structural abnormalities. A neurological exam can help to determine if there is any nerve damage.
Medication can help manage pain, but there are risks associated with many pain medications. When you visit our center, we will make every effort to address the underlying cause of your pain without undue reliance on pharmaceuticals.
Physical therapy can go a long way toward relieving pain, increasing flexibility, and strengthening your back. You’ll learn techniques to improve posture and reduce everyday strain on your back. Even making changes in the way you sleep can improve your back pain.
Will I Need Surgery to Address my Back Pain?
Drs. De Castro and Basit have the skill and experience to accurately diagnose back pain. If it appears your condition warrants a surgical operation, they can help you find a specialist who can provide the care needed to reduce your aches.
As you move through your treatment plan, Dr. Basit or Dr. De Castro will remain in contact with your medical team to coordinate your care. If surgery is required, your physician can guide you through the next steps in reaching lasting relief.
Request an Appointment In Hanford, California
If you are experiencing chronic or intense back aches, schedule an appointment with Drs. De Castro and Basit today. You can request an appointment using the form below or you can schedule over the phone at (559) 582-9100.