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Back Pain Treatment in Madison, WI

Back Pain
If you’re experiencing any degree of spinal pain, seek a definitive diagnosis and effective back pain treatment in Madison, WI to ensure you can stay productive and active. Find back pain relief in Wisconsin at Pro Spine & Pain, your go-to source for cutting-edge back pain management techniques. Schedule an appointment today.

    If you’re struggling with back pain, you are not alone. Nearly 9 out of 10 Americans encounter this problem at some point, making it the second most common reason, after upper respiratory infections, for doctor visits. Among those under the age of 40, back pain is the main reason for individuals to miss work days as well as the primary cause of immobility, disabling approximately two percent of the American workforce at any given time.

    Your spine acts as the primary conduit for all sensations and movement in your body. The nerves, muscles, ligaments, bones, and cartilage in your back and spine are susceptible to disease and spine injury.

    While various conditions can contribute to back pain, it commonly presents as:

    • Sciatica: Characterized by pain signals that move along the path of the sciatic nerve, starting from the back and extending through the buttocks to the thigh. These types of pain usually affect only one side of the body.
    • Lower back pain: Manifesting as a sudden, sharp pain or a persistent, enduring ache. Acute low back pain typically lasts from a few days to one month, while subacute pain ranges from four to 12 weeks. Chronic pain persists for over three months, with about one in five cases of acute pain developing into chronic pain.
    • Upper back pain: Problems in this area are less common than in the lower back, but equally discomforting. It is typically focused on the shoulders and neck
    • Middle back pain: Centered around issues with the thoracic spine, mid-back pain may indicate a range of issues, including strain, injury, or poor posture. Occasionally it can also point to a more serious underlying condition. For this reason, it’s essential to have any back pain examined by a specialist for a comprehensive diagnosis.

    Facts About Back Pain

    • Chronic back pain often doesn’t stem from severe tissue injury. While injury healing typically occurs within 3 months, persistent pain suggests other influences. These might include episodes of stress, tension, fatigue, or lack of activity..
    • Poor posture isn’t necessarily the culprit of back pain. ESitting, standing, and bending in certain ways, even if uncomfortable, don’t necessarily cause damage. Maintaining a variety of postures is healthy for your back. Relaxing your back during everyday activities like sitting, bending, and lifting is generally safe.
    • Injections, surgery, and strong opioids may not be the answer for long-term relief. Studies have shown that these interventions often lack long-term effectiveness for chronic low back pain. Additionally, they carry potential risks and side effects.
    • Stress, low mood, and anxiety can significantly impact back pain. Changes in life stress, mood, or anxiety levels can trigger or worsen back pain. Similar to how these factors affect other conditions like cold sores, irritable bowel syndrome, and fatigue, they play a major role in back pain. Therefore, managing stress, mood, and anxiety through activities you enjoy and relaxation techniques can be highly beneficial in managing back pain.


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    What Are the Symptoms of Back Pain?

    Back pain is a common and often debilitating condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It can arise suddenly or develop gradually, impacting individuals of all ages and lifestyles. Back pain can seriously hinder an individual’s daily activities and can take various forms depending on its location and underlying cause, such as:

    • Persistent muscle aches
    • Abrupt stabbing sensations
    • Intense burning sensations down your leg
    • Numbness and tingling extending down your leg
    • Pain exacerbated by lifting, leaning, or prolonged standing
    • Relief of pain when lying down

    If you observe accompanying symptoms and side effects alongside your back pain, it is crucial to seek prompt medical attention, as they can imply more serious conditions.

    These symptoms include:

    • Loss of bowel or bladder control
    • Fever
    • Recent injury (including sports injury), fall, or accident

    “Pain shouldn’t hold you back. My clinical expertise in various pain management techniques allows me to provide long-term solutions for chronic back pain.” – Dr. Thomas Stauss

    What Are the Causes of Back Pain?

    Common Causes of Back Pain
    Back pain can stem from many different causes, as there are many different types of back pain.

    Some of the most common causes seen by doctors and physical therapists include:

    • Herniated disc: The discs that cushion and separate vertebral bones can rupture, either due to damage or aging, causing the soft core to leak out and pinch a nerve, resulting in discomfort.
    • Back injury: Accidents, falls, overexertion, and athletic strains are common culprits for back injuries.
    • Spinal stenosis: With this painful condition, the spinal canal shrinks, compressing the spinal column and creating painful pressure on the spinal cord.
    • Osteoarthritis: This is a common problem for older people in which the spine develops bone spurs and loses stability with accompanying stiffness, swelling, and loss of flexibility.
    • Soft tissue strain: Repetitive movements at work or play, or sudden exertion leading to a pulled back, can strain or damage spinal ligaments or the muscles that support the back.
    • Scoliosis: A congenital malformation of the spine in which the spine curves sideways. In later life, this condition manifests as back pain.
    • Osteoporosis: A disease that develops over time as a result of changes in the structure and strength of bones. This degeneration and weakening of bones can eventually lead to spinal compression fractures.
    • Post-laminectomy syndrome: Failed back surgery can result in continued or heightened back pain, weakness, numbness and/or tingling, and even impaired blood flow to the spinal cord.
    • Spondylolisthesis: This condition involves the slipping of vertebrae, creating pressure on the nearby nerves. This condition can affect any part of the spine but is most commonly found in the lower back.
    • Myofascial pain syndrome: Often a chronic condition, characterized by muscle tightness that responds well to physical therapy.
    • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction: Damage to the joint connecting the pelvis and spine is a leading cause of lower back pain.

    What Are the Risk Factors for Back Pain?

    Although back pain can affect people of any age, certain factors can increase the likelihood of experiencing painful symptoms:

    • Age: People in their 30s and older are more likely to experience back pain because of the loss of fluid in the intervertebral discs, which causes them to shrink, increasing the load on the intervertebral joints and can lead to arthritis.
    • Obesity: Being overweight or obese can increase the incidence of back pain by increasing the load on the joints and discs of the spine.
    • Medical conditions: A family history of arthritis or certain types of cancer can increase the risk of back pain.
    • Sedentary lifestyle: Lack of regular exercise can lead to stiffness and weakening of the back muscles, causing pain.
    • Occupational factors: jobs that require lifting or carrying heavy objects or sitting for long periods with poor posture or inadequate back support can lead to back injuries.
    • Smoking: Smoking can increase the risk of spinal degeneration by reducing calcium absorption and restricting blood flow to critical structures in the spine.
    • Mental disorders: Anxiety and depression, which are often associated with recurrent pain, can directly contribute to chronic back pain.

    Dr. Stauss, our injury specialist, treats each case of back pain individually. He carefully assesses symptoms by examining behavior, posture, lifestyle and family history and uses advanced diagnostic tests. He then develops a non-invasive and effective treatment plan that provides immediate relief and improves quality of life.

    Patient Expeience

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Google Review

    I have extreme pain issues with my back, the team is always polite and caring. I recommend this to t a lot of people already, in which some have become patients. I am very pleased with this team.

    Brenda Kracht
    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Google Review

    Doctors are amazing and so is other staff! They are great at what they do and always make me feel comfortable. They provide a great service, helping me tremendously with all of my back pain. Finding them has given me so much pain relief. If you have back pain, I highly recommend them.

    Heather Boeckenstedt

    Treatment for Back Pain

    If back pain is affecting your quality of life, the expertise of an expert back pain management specialist is essential. With years of experience in chronic back pain treatment, your Pro Spine & Pain doctor will conduct a thorough diagnosis using cutting-edge techniques.

    This type of treatment for your problems will give you a personalized program, which may include remedies such as:

      • Medications: This includes over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, steroid injections, narcotics, anti-depressants, muscle relaxants, and topical creams.
      • Physical therapy: Involve posture improvement, electrical stimulation, strength exercises, use of a heating pad, and flexibility stretches to ease painful conditions.
      • Surgery: Reserved for structural issues unresponsive to alternative treatments and considered as a last resort.

      “Recent research I participated in explored using neuromodulation for chronic back pain. This is just one example of our commitment to offering the latest advancements in pain management.” – Dr. Thomas Stauss

      If you’ve had enough of discomfort and aches, seek back pain management necessary to get back to your normal day-to-day life. Get in touch with our specialist doctors who are the leading pack in back pain treatments in Wisconsin. Our Pro Spine & Pain experts are available at five convenient locations.

    Updated on Jun 12, 2024 by Dr. Thomas Stauss (Pain Management) of Pro Spine & Pain

    Thomas Stauss, MD

    Thomas Stauss, MD, completed both his undergraduate and medical studies at the esteemed University of Wisconsin in Madison. Dr. Stauss values having access to a wide array of cutting-edge treatments, ensuring effective relief for his patients' discomfort and a significant enhancement in their quality of life. Dr. Stauss’s primary objective is to uphold the dignity of each patient while delivering ethical and professional services.

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