areas of pain with back issuesGeneral Symptoms of Back Injuries

Back injuries, whether in the mid-back (thoracic) or lower back (lumbar), can have a serious impact on your daily life. While a sore back is completely natural after strenuous activities, if you have persistent or severe pain you should see a specialist.

Some common symptoms of a larger back issue may be:

  • Nighttime back pain
  • Persistent aching or stiffness along your spine
  • Inability to stand without significant pain
  • Sharp, localized pain along back
  • Numbness or tingling in arms or legs

SMOC is the best resource in determining the management options for patient care from conservative, non-invasive treatments such as simple exercises and stretching, to more involved surgical procedures. The goal of our spine specialists, Dr. Goss, Dr. Fox and Dr. Guinand, is recovery of joint function.

Physical Signs You Should Seek the Care of a SMOC Physician Immediately:

  • Changes in bowel and bladder function, causing incontinence or difficulty controlling bowel movements.
  • Muscle weakness in the legs, a feeling of instability when you walk, or progressive decrease in the distance that you can walk.
  • Pain or numbness that travels down your legs, especially when it is worse with sneezing, coughing or sitting down.

Treatments Available from SMOC

SMOC physicians have extensive experience in back injuries and can both diagnose and treat your injury.

  • Exercise Schedules
  • Physical Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Flouroscopic Guided Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Sacroiliac Joint and Facet Joint Injections
  • Kyphoplasty Surgery for Compression Fractures
  • Inter Body Fusions
  • Total Disc Replacement Surgery

Areas of Specialties Include

  • Disc Problems
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Sciatica
  • Cervical and Lumbar Fractures
  • Tumors
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal Degeneration
  • Disc Replacement Surgery
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Anterior and Posterior Surgery
  • Interbody Fusion/Replacement
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
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The below links to articles and related information can be helpful in understanding joint pain, its causes and possible treatments. If you are suffering from joint pain, please schedule an appointment to discuss your options.

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