The majority of back pain symptoms stem from inflammation due to an acute injury or overuse of the muscles, joints, or tendons.
Understanding and adhering to proper posture and lifting techniques can help decrease your chance for sustaining a back injury, such as a fracture, herniated disc, or strained muscle.
However, not all causes of back pain are as easily preventable; pain can also arise from a chronic or degenerative condition or from conditions that may spontaneously occur, such as disc herniations.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of back pain, it’s important to seek treatment from a spine specialist as soon as possible before your condition worsens.
- Pain that radiates from the neck to the arm/hand
- Pain that radiates from the back to the leg/foot
- Pain that increases in the back, leg, or foot with standing or walking and is relieved by sitting
- Pain following heavy lifting, especially if you have osteoporosis
- Numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms or legs
- Nerve or dexterity problems in the arms and hands
At The Bone & Joint Center, we understand that pain in the back can make everyday activities difficult. Our back doctors know that proper diagnosis is paramount in determining the most effective treatment plan for your individual condition.
To consult with a back doctor at The Bone & Joint Center, please request an appointment online or call (518) 489-2666.
About Capital Region Spine
The specialists at our multi-disciplinary spine center are fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopaedic surgeons, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, and nonsurgical spine specialists. We offer the full spectrum of nonsurgical and surgical treatment of spinal disorders, encompassing degenerative and deformity conditions, trauma, tumors, and infections. In addition, minimally invasive surgery to allow same-day surgery and motion-sparing techniques using disc replacements are often possible should surgery be necessary.
Capital Region Spine, located in Albany, New York, with satellite offices in Catskill, Clifton Park, Latham, Malta, Saratoga, and Schenectady, is a regional spine center specializing in back and neck problems. It currently receives some of the most complex cases of back and neck pain from across the state. Capital Region Spine is able to care for any type of back or neck problem, from the simple back or neck strain all the way to the most complex spine surgery.
How we're unique
What makes Capital Region Spine different from other treatment centers is its nonsurgical approach to back and neck problems. Most spine treatment centers are directed by surgeons who favor the use of spine surgery. Capital Region Spine includes fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeons, physical medicine doctors who help patients with nonsurgical treatments, sports medicine specialists, and spine-specialized physical therapists. These specialists have advanced training in the treatment of back and neck pain and are successful in helping people return to activity—without surgery.
Capital Region Spine takes a multidisciplinary, team approach to spine care, involving both surgical and nonsurgical spine physicians. This team of professionals works together to develop the best treatment for each patient. We provide all the necessary diagnostic testing and treatment in one place—eliminating the need for multiple referrals, delayed care, and overall confusion.
If surgery is needed
Sometimes, surgery is the best treatment option, especially for those suffering from herniated discs, spinal fractures, spinal deformities, spinal tumors, and scoliosis. However, it is estimated that over half of back surgeries performed are unnecessary, and in some cases, even counterproductive. At Capital Region Spine, surgery is used as a treatment option only after nonsurgical treatments have been exhausted. When surgery is necessary, Capital Region Spine surgeons, Dr. Robert Cheney and Dr. James Lawrence, are highly trained and proficient in the latest minimally invasive techniques for spine surgery.
To consult with one of our back doctors, please request an appointment online or call (518) 489-2666.