Back Pain Specialist

Personal Touch Medical Center

Family Physicians located in Fairburn, GA

There are many possible reasons why your back feels painful or stiff, including imperfect posture or improper movements and lifting leading to injuries. Latasha Burgess, MD, and the skilled team at Personal Touch Medical Center in Fairburn, Georgia, can help you manage ongoing back pain with a variety of noninvasive treatments and therapies. They can also diagnose you, so you know exactly what’s causing your pain and how to treat it. Don’t hesitate to call Personal Touch Medical Center, or book an appointment online, for back pain treatment today.

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Most people experience back pain at some point in their lives, which is typically a symptom of an underlying injury or a degenerative condition that gets worse over time without treatment. Back pain fits into one of the following two categories:

Acute pain

Acute pain only lasts for several days or several weeks before going away with self-care or minimal treatment.

Chronic pain

Chronic back pain lasts for at least 12 weeks. It can stem from an acute injury and last beyond the injury’s healing. The team at Personal Touch Medical Center specializes in the management of chronic back pain.

Which injuries and conditions cause back pain?

Your back pain likely stems from a musculoskeletal injury or an underlying health condition. Even if you injured your back in the past, the pain can remain persistent or come back after treatment for the specific injury. The team at Personal Touch Medical Center evaluates you to diagnose or rule out:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle and tendon strains
  • Muscle spasms
  • Arthritis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Non-spinal conditions (e.g., pregnancy, kidney complications)


You’re more likely to experience back pain if you don’t exercise very often, if you smoke, or if you’re overweight. The team at Personal Touch Medical Center explores all possible factors related to your back pain and conducts a thorough physical exam to diagnose the underlying cause.

Which treatments are available for back pain?

At Personal Touch Medical Center, the team takes a collaborative approach to diagnose the cause of your back pain and creates a personalized treatment plan to help you manage it. They typically start your plan using conservative treatments and only recommend a surgical referral if noninvasive treatments don’t provide relief.

Your treatment plan for back pain might involve:

Medications

Over-the-counter pain relief medications and anti-inflammatory medications can make a big difference for your comfort and mobility if you have back pain. Muscle relaxants and topical pain relief products can also assist in your treatment.

Therapies

The team may recommend physical therapy or occupational therapy to strengthen your back. They can also train you to optimize your posture to relieve some of your pain.

Lifestyle changes

If certain factors related to your current lifestyle may be aggravating your back pain, the team can help you make major changes with a long-term plan. They offer custom smoking cessation programs, weight loss assistance, and other services.

Without treatment, your chronic back pain may only get worse with time. For your best chance at relief, call Personal Touch Medical Center, or book your consultation online today.