Back Pain

Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center

Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Port St. Lucie, FL & Stuart, FL

As many as 16 million people in the United States experience chronic back pain that is severe enough to reduce their quality of life. At Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center, with offices in Port St. Lucie and Stuart, Florida, the board-certified orthopaedic specialists quickly identify the root cause of persistent back pain, and you receive the highest level of quality care. Schedule a back pain by calling the Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center office nearest you today.

Back Pain

What causes back pain?

Acute back pain is often the result of muscle injuries, like sprains or strains, due to overactivity. When back pain becomes chronic, it may relate to an injury or degenerative condition like:

  • Arthritis
  • Herniated disc 
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Nerve injury
  • Infection
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Degenerative disc disease

 

You may also develop chronic back pain from sciatica, a condition that results when a bone spur or herniated disc puts pressure on the sciatic nerve. 

This nerve travels from your lower back down into your hips and legs, and excess pressure can cause pain in the back that also radiates down into your hips and legs.

If you have persistent back pain that isn’t getting better with home care or over-the-counter medications, it’s important that you schedule a diagnostic evaluation with the orthopaedic specialists at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center as soon as possible. 

The medical team can provide you with a prompt diagnosis and prevent the worsening of your condition. 

How is back pain diagnosed?

To quickly identify the underlying cause of chronic back pain, the team at Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center offers the latest state-of-the-art technologies in-office, including imaging tests like MRI scans and X-rays. 

Your Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center provider also takes time to physically examine the area of pain and assess the flexibility of your joints and the strength and function of your overall musculoskeletal system. 

They carefully review your medical history, your family’s history, and your existing health to pinpoint all underlying causes of pain.

Once they understand the nature of your condition, your Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center provider creates a treatment plan that focuses on easing your back pain and restoring function. 

Will I need surgery for back pain?

For the treatment of chronic back pain, surgery is typically the last resort. Your Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center provider can discuss other options for easing pain and improving your musculoskeletal health, such as:

  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory medicines

 

The orthopaedic specialists also offer injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a natural substance your doctor creates from your blood. PRP contains growth factors that stimulate faster, more efficient healing of damaged tissues in your back. 

When these conservative therapies aren’t enough to treat your condition, your Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center provider may recommend surgery.

If you have a serious spinal injury, like a fracture or a vertebral collapse, or need surgical treatment for a degenerative disease like spinal stenosis, the Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center surgical team provides comprehensive care and focuses on using the latest minimally invasive techniques to ensure a faster, less painful recovery. 

The orthopaedic surgeons may recommend a fusion surgery to stabilize your spine. You may also be a candidate for a microdiscectomy, a procedure to remove damaged disc material to relieve pressure on your spinal nerves that cause chronic pain.

To schedule an evaluation for persistent back pain, call the Coastal Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center office nearest you.