Back Pain Specialist

Washington Center for Pain Management

Pain Management located in Bellevue, WA with clinics in the greater Puget Sound area

Back pain is one of the top reasons for missed work and the number one cause of disability in the United States. However, most people can recover with minimally invasive or noninvasive treatments from medical professionals like the experts at the Washington Center for Pain Management. If lower back pain causes you to miss work or leisure activities, click or call to make an appointment with a member of the team. Alternatively, you can call the office in Bellevue, Washington, to speak with a team member directly.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Your back houses some of the most vital, interconnected structures in your entire body, including your spine and spinal cord. Every day, you rely heavily on your back to move, whether you’re sitting, standing, or lying down. 

Because the back is so sophisticated and heavily used, particularly the lower back, it’s vulnerable to injury. Injury, wear, and tear, and illness, such as the following, are the top causes of back pain:

  • Muscle strain
  • Herniated discs
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Bone spurs
  • Scoliosis 
  • Fractures

Excess weight, poor physical conditioning, repetitive stress, and smoking increase your risk of developing back pain.

When should I see a doctor about back pain?

The severity and duration of your back pain are good indicators of when you need to seek help for a back problem. Set up an appointment for any pain that lasts longer than a week or two and interferes with your ability to perform daily activities.

The following criteria also indicate it’s time to reach out:

  • You experience pain, numbness, or tingling in your legs along with your back pain
  • Back pain is accompanied by weight loss
  • You can’t perform your normal duties at work or home 

If you injure your back in an accident, develop a fever, or lose bowel or bladder function, you should seek medical attention right away.

What is the treatment for back pain?

The pain management experts at the Washington Center for Pain Management have a variety of techniques available to help relieve your pain. They take a conservative approach and use more progressive therapies if your body doesn’t respond. In most cases, you can avoid surgery. 

Some of the most common methods of back pain treatment the center uses include:

  • Epidural steroid injections: injection to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Nerve block injections: anesthetic injection to block nerve signals
  • Intradiscal electrothermal therapy: heating discs to help shrink herniation
  • Radiofrequency (RF) neurotomy: using RF waves to disrupt pain signals

The providers offer numerous other therapies, microsurgeries, and minimally invasive procedures to treat the source of your back pain. You don’t have to just “live with it.” There’s a lot you can do to diminish or eliminate back pain for good.

If you’d like to find relief from your back pain, reach out to the Washington Center for Pain Management over the phone, or you can request your initial consultation online.