Back Pain

Restoration of Greensboro

Pain Management Physicians located in Greensboro, NC

Around 80% of adults in the United States report having back pain at some point in their lives, namely in the lower back. Restoration of Greensboro can help those suffering from chronic, hard-to-treat back pain. As a pain management specialist, Dr. Charles Plummer helps his patients in Greensboro, North Carolina, find relief from persistent and debilitating back pain. If you’re among the many who struggle to find a solution for back pain, call or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.

Back Pain Q & A

What is the anatomy of the back?

In the middle of your back lies your spine, with 33 vertebrae separated by 23 discs. Your spine is divided into five sections:

  • Cervical spine, or neck
  • Thoracic spine, or mid back
  • Lumbar spine, or low back
  • Sacrum, around the pelvic area
  • Coccyx, or tailbone

Surrounding your spine are a host of soft tissue components that provide support and flexibility, including:

  • Tendons
  • Ligaments
  • Muscles

Rounding out the cast of players is your nervous system, which runs down your spinal canal, branching out to every square inch of your body. The nerve roots that populate your spine are often the culprits behind back pain.

What causes back pain?

The lion’s share of back pain originates in your low back, or lumbar spine, largely due to its primary role in providing mobility, support, and range of motion for the entire upper half of your body. In this role, your low back is susceptible to problems such as:

  • Muscle strain
  • Ligament sprain
  • Herniated discs
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Compression fractures
  • Trauma
  • Facet joint dysfunction
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal irregularities, such as scoliosis

While many of these conditions can be successfully treated, and even heal on their own, some of them, especially degenerative conditions, lead to chronic problems with back pain.

How is back pain treated?

At Restoration of Greensboro, Dr. Plummer specializes in helping patients with back pain that’s resistant to treatment. If you fall into this category and you’ve tried both nonsurgical and surgical options, only to still suffer from debilitating back pain, Dr. Plummer works with you to find a solution.

Dr. Plummer takes both a targeted and holistic approach, using:

  • Medications for pain relief and inflammation
  • Physical therapy
  • Chiropractic therapy
  • Injection therapy
  • Noninvasive electrical therapy

Since your back is an incredibly broad and complex area, Dr. Plummer finds that strengthening the area around the source of your pain, as well as treating the pain itself, offers the best long-term and sustainable solution. By tackling your problem from a number of different angles, Dr. Plummer ensures that no stone is left unturned in finding the right combination of treatments for your situation.

Don’t let back pain ruin your quality of life. Call Restoration of Greensboro or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.