Back Pain Specialist

Wisconsin Spine and Pain

Pain Management serving Waukesha, Green Bay, Sheboygan, West Bend, and Greenfield, WI

Back pain causes misery to millions of people across the United States every year. If you're having problems with persistent back pain, the team at Wisconsin Spine and Pain can help. At their locations in Waukesha, West Bend, Sheboygan, Green Bay, and Greenfield, Wisconsin, the board-certified pain management specialists provide comprehensive and effective treatments for back pain. Find the therapy that's right for you by calling Wisconsin Spine and Pain or book an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q&A

What are the causes of back pain?

There are three leading causes of back pain:

Mechanical problems

Mechanical problems are those that arise from the way your spine moves. One of the leading causes of mechanical back pain is degenerative disc disease, where the discs between your vertebrae break down with age. As the discs deteriorate, they lose their cushioning power, leading to back pain.

Other mechanical problems include worn facet joints (the joints that connect your vertebrae), muscle tension and spasms, and herniated discs.

Injuries

Sprains are injuries of the ligaments that support your spine and can occur from twisting your back or lifting improperly. Vertebral compression fractures are often due to weak, porous bones from osteoporosis. Back pain may also result from falls and other accidents.

Acquired conditions and diseases

Acquired conditions that cause or contribute to back pain include scoliosis (curvature of the spine), spondylolisthesis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and spinal stenosis (narrowing of your spinal column that puts pressure on the spinal nerves).

Conditions like fibromyalgia can also cause back pain, and you may have pain in your back from problems like osteomyelitis (bone infection) or tumors.

What symptoms does back pain cause?

There are varying types of pain that you can experience in your back. You might get persistent aching and stiffness or a chronic ache in your middle or lower back, particularly after sitting or standing for a long time.

Sharp pain might occur when lifting heavy objects or engaging in strenuous activities. 

Pain can radiate to your buttock, down the back of your thigh, and into your toes. You might be unable to stand straight without having muscle spasms or pain in your lower back, and you may find it hard to twist or turn.

What treatments can help with back pain?

The Wisconsin Spine and Pain team uses conservative approaches to treating back pain, including physical therapies, medication, or spinal injections. 

Interlaminar epidural injections and transforaminal injections reduce inflammation and swelling of the spinal nerve roots and other tissues to relieve back pain.

If these methods aren't effective, Wisconsin Spine and Pain offers several minimally invasive advanced treatments, including spinal cord stimulation, radiofrequency ablation, and ozone discectomy (ozonucleolysis). Vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty might be necessary for vertebral compression fractures.

If you have back pain, the team at Wisconsin Spine and Pain can find the treatment that works. Call one of their offices or book an appointment online today.