Millions of Americans suffer from acute back pain. Most episodes of back pain resolve themselves without further treatment. Typically, your primary care doctor will prescribe a pain killer to relieve the symptoms of back pain while the body mends, but you may need more intensive treatment if injury or pain is severe. If back pain persists, your primary care doctor may suggest a diagnostic imaging test to see if there are any underlying causes for your discomfort.

At HealthONE hospitals in Denver, we have an experienced staff of radiologists and orthopedic surgeons to accurately diagnose and treat back injuries or conditions. If you need back surgery, you can take comfort in knowing our neurosurgeons and orthopedic surgeons are some of the best in Colorado.

Types of back pain

There are many causes of back pain, varying from a herniated disc to infections and spinal tumors. Understanding the cause for your back pain is vital to determining the correct treatment plan.

Causes of back pain include:

  • Injury
  • Scoliosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Muscle pain
  • Osteomyelitis (infection of the vertebrae)
  • Spinal tumor
  • Bone spurs
  • Disc degeneration
  • Sciatica

Diagnostic imaging for back pain

If your primary care doctor believes your back pain is being caused by something more serious than the average ache and pain, they may recommend you get some diagnostic image testing done to figure out the root cause of the problem.

Typically, these tests include:

  • X-rays
  • CT scan
  • MRI scan
  • Myelography

Treatments for back pain

While most cases of back pain dissipate with time after injury, sometimes surgery or other forms of treatment are encouraged. Lifestyle changes may also be necessary to relieve symptoms.

Depending on your diagnosis, treatment may include:

  • Spinal decompression therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Spinal fusion
  • Laminectomy (bone spur removal)
  • Disk replacement
  • Painkillers

You don’t have to live with constant back pain. Contact one of our orthopedic specialists today for a consultation.