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Back Pain Specialist

More than 80% of American adults experience back pain to some degree, making it one of the most universal pain-related conditions. Many of these people have chronic back pain. If you need help with your back pain, Evan O'Brien, MD, and Chris Hennessey, PA, at Woodbury Spine can provide effective treatments. Dr. O'Brien is a distinguished orthopaedic spine specialist who provides outstanding services for patients with back pain. Call the Woodbury, New Jersey, office to schedule a consultation today.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?


Your back consists of a complex network of

ligaments, bones, muscles, and nerves in and

around your spine. 

Acute back pain typically lasts less than three

weeks, while chronic back pain remains

consistent for considerably longer.

Without the correct treatment, acute back pain

can become a chronic problem.

Common causes of back pain include poor

posture, overstretching or overexercising,

trauma sustained in an accident, and

post-surgical pain. There are also a number of

underlying conditions you may have that

contribute to your back pain, such as:

  • Osteoporosis

  • Poor trunk muscle conditioning

  • Spinal arthritis

  • Depression and anxiety

You may also experience chronic back pain because of spinal conditions like degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and scoliosis.

Regardless of the reason for your back pain, Dr. O'Brien can help.

What are the symptoms of back pain?

Common symptoms of back pain include:

  • Decreased agility and range of motion

  • Pain or aching in your lower back

  • Numbness in your legs or feet

  • Pain when walking, sitting, or standing

If your back pain is severe and isn’t relieved by over-the-counter pain medication, you should contact Dr. O'Brien. If you experience other symptoms, like fever or chills and cold sweats, at the same time as back pain, it may indicate a more serious problem. 

You should also consult with Dr. O'Brien, if you experience any numbness or pain in your genitals, buttocks, or thighs.

How is back pain treated?

Treatments for back pain vary depending on the location of your pain and what’s causing it. Dr. O'Brien takes a conservative approach to care when creating treatment plans for back pain.

Your personalized care plan might include:

  • Trigger point injections

  • Epidural steroid injections

  • Facet joint injections

  • Radiofrequency ablation

Your treatment plan is built around resolving the cause of your back pain and providing you with long-term relief while avoiding potentially addictive medications and unnecessary surgery whenever possible.

If surgery is needed, Dr. O'Brien is an expert orthopaedic spine surgeon and offers cutting-edge procedures to ensure the best results.

If back pain prevents you from leading a normal life, find treatment solutions that work by calling Woodbury Spine today for an appointment.

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