Back pain usually means that a person is experiencing a pulled muscle, a muscle spasm, a slipped or herniated disc, or some other sort of musculoskeletal issue. However in some instances, certain types of back pain could be a sign of a true medical emergency that may become life threatening or result in disability if an experienced pain management specialist or orthopedist is not consulted immediately. How to know the difference? Syed S. Rahman, MD, a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist with our Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine group, has written a very informative blog explaining the 5 types of back pain that needed to be recognized as a potential medical emergency.
If you have pain, weakness or numbness in your back, legs, neck, arms or hands, measuring the speed and degree of electrical activity in your muscles and nerves by way of electrodiagnostic testing can help your orthopedist make a proper diagnosis, says Dr. Syed S. Rahman in his recent blog.
Here at Westchester Health Associates, we see a lot of patients with chronic lower back pain. In years past, they would be advised to have surgery, but now there is a wide variety of highly effective, noninvasive pain management options for treating back pain. Syed S. Rahman, MD, a Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist with Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, has written a very timely blog on the subject, focusing on these new methods that can relief back pain without surgery.
If you suffer from chronic pain, here is some good news: Recently, many new treatments in the management of chronic pain are showing great results, including newer drugs, electrical stimulation, implants and several other breakthrough methods.