Back pain is a common complaint, and one of the most often cited reasons for lost time from school or work. For men and women living in and around Hanford, California, Dr. Jacqueline G. De Castro and Dr. Jasper F. Basit of De Castro & Basit, MDs, provide thorough diagnosis and treatment for back pain. If you’re looking for relief, come in to meet with the team and take a step toward reduced pain and improved function. You can schedule a visit online or by phone.
When you consider the intricacy of the human back, it becomes clear why back pain is so common. Your back is a complex network of bones, muscles, connective tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. It not only houses and protects your spinal cord, but also enables you to stand upright and complete a wide range of motion each day.
Back pain can take many different forms, and your discomfort may be very different than that of others. Even if you’ve had back pain 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 be merely a nagging inconvenience or a debilitating sensation that’s impossible to ignore.
Anything that damages a component of your back can lead to back pain. Some common causes include:
In some cases, there is no clear cause of persistent back pain, which can make it hard to determine the best treatment path.
Treating back pain focuses on addressing the condition(s) causing your discomfort. A diagnostic exam and imaging can reveal information about structural abnormalities. A neurological exam can indicate nerve damage.
Medication can help manage pain, but there are risks associated with many pain medications. Every effort is made to address the underlying cause of 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.
Dr. Basit and Dr. De Castro have the skill and experience to accurately diagnose back pain. If it appears your condition warrants surgical intervention, they can help you find a specialist who can provide the care needed to reduce your pain.
As you move through your treatment path, 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 pain relief.
If you’re concerned about back pain, schedule an appointment with De Castro & Basit, MDs, today to get started. You can set up your visit online or by phone.