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Back Pain Specialist

Subach Spinal Solutions

Spine Surgeons & Back Pain Doctor located in Arlington, VA

A reported 65 million working Americans experience back pain annually. It is the sixth most expensive condition in the United States, with an estimated $12 million spent annually in direct and indirect treatment costs. If you’re experiencing chronic back pain, Brian Subach, MD, FACS, Diana DeWolfe, PA-C, MPAS, and the team at Subach Spinal Solutions in Arlington, Virginia, have treatment options for you. To receive an initial consultation, call the office or use the online booking tool today.

Back Pain Q & A

What are the symptoms of back pain?

Common symptoms of back pain can include:

  • Pain that radiates down your arms or legs
  • Muscle ache
  • Pain that alleviates when you recline
  • Pain that increases when you bend, sit, walk, or stand 
  • Shooting or stabbing sensations

These symptoms have the potential to affect your quality of life and day-to-day activities. You should consult a medical professional if they persist or are accompanied by further symptoms, such as weight loss, numbness, or weakness. 

In rare cases, individuals may experience serious symptoms of back pain, including:

  • Accompanying fever
  • Associated bowel or bladder issues
  • A result of a trauma, such as a fall

If you experience any of the above symptoms, you should seek immediate care from a medical professional. They are symptoms of a potentially significant medical condition.

What causes back pain?

Back pain shorter than six weeks is considered acute pain and usually caused by injury. Back pain lasting longer than three months is considered chronic. Common causes of back pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Muscle or ligament strain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Facet arthropathy
  • Skeletal irregularities 
  • Disc herniations

These causes are often associated with certain risk factors, such as:

  • Limited exercise
  • Use of tobacco products
  • Lifting incorrectly
  • Age
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Weight

In some cases, more serious conditions like cancer, fractures, or infections have the potential to cause back pain. 

What nonoperative treatments are available for back pain? 

Back pain is common and many nonoperative treatment options are available to minimize and eliminate the symptoms you experience. These treatments include:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Heat or ice
  • Weight loss
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Rest

Unfortunately, there are many back pain products in existence that are not proven to provide significant results. It’s important to research all nonoperative options thoroughly prior to treating your back pain. 

What operative treatments are available for back pain?

If your back pain persists and nonoperative treatments do not provide relief, then more advanced treatment options are available. The team at Subach Spinal Solutions is experienced in operative management options, including:

  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
  • Mazor robotic screw fixation
  • Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion (XLIF)

To receive an initial back pain consultation at Subach Spinal Solutions and begin your journey to an improved quality of life, call the office or use the online booking tool today.