Back Pain

Back Pain Specialist
Many people suffer from back pain but don’t know its cause or how to treat it. At Cambria Somerset Radiology in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Drs. Gary Kramer, Owen Stark, and Wesley Schrock work carefully with patients and their primary care physicians in diagnosing and treating back pain. The facility’s advanced radiology technology can help identify the source of back pain, and this information will help guide appropriate treatment.

Back Pain Q & A

Cambria Somerset Radiology

Why does back pain occur?

Back pain is one of the most commonly reported health concerns in the U.S. Most Americans will experience some form of back pain over their lifetimes. Lower back pain, or lumbar pain, is especially prevalent.

Back pain is complex and can be caused by a wide range of factors. Some causes of back pain include:

  • Injury
  • Muscle Strain
  • Arthritis
  • Bulging Discs
  • Scoliosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Infection
  • Stress

Back pain itself can be a sign of an even more serious condition and should be addressed by your care team.

How is back pain treated?

There is no single way to treat back pain as the causes are so varied. At Cambria Somerset Radiology, you’ll work with the team to correctly diagnose the cause of your back pain and create a treatment plan that works for you.

The physicians can perform the proper imaging tests for your back pain to better understand the source of pain.

For example, they may conduct a CT scan to view a bulging disc or perform an MRI to view spinal cord abnormalities. Once they have a clear image of your back pain, they can create a treatment plan that includes a combination of exercise, physical therapy, medication, and if needed, surgery.

How can interventional therapy help back pain?

Some types of back pain can be treated with interventional therapy techniques to deliver pain relief directly to the source of the pain. The providers may recommend steroid injections or radiofrequency ablation therapy in your lower back, for instance, to reduce pain for a period of time.

The practice offers kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty procedures to stabilize spinal compression fractures and administer facet joint injections to reduce pain in inflamed neck and back joints. If you experience nerve pain, a nerve root injection may be appropriate.

The entire team takes an innovative approach to treating long-term back pain, and they take pride in working with each patient to deliver personalized treatment.

How can I prevent back pain?

Some types of back pain can be prevented. You may be able to prevent back pain by exercising regularly, maintaining good posture, and keeping a healthy, balanced diet. It is also important to take care when lifting heavy objects and when wearing high heels.

Contact the team at Cambria Somerset Radiology today to address your back pain and to start feeling better soon.

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