Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people seek medical care.  At Rehabilitation Medicine Associates in West Orange, NJ, we routinely treat people with back pain who have suffered an on-the-job or accident-related injury.  We strive to reduce your pain, improve or restore your functional abilities, and return you to full activity as soon as is reasonable.

Pain may fluctuate between mild, moderate, and severe.  Characteristics of pain often include deep aches, stabbing pain, or throbbing.  Pain may affect your posture, ability to stand up from a seated position, roll over in bed, and bend forward.  Basically, pain can interrupt everyday activities, alter your mood, and ability to concentrate.

Where does back pain begin?

Does my back pain require immediate medical care?

When back pain develops suddenly for no apparent reason or after an accident, it is normal to feel upset or scared.  It is your health, and that makes it important!  The list below can help you determine if your back pain requires urgent care.

  • Back pain after injury, such as following a fall, car or industrial accident
  • Persistent back pain that doesn’t stop or worsens.
  • Pain moves into your extremities, such as an arm(s) or leg(s)
  • Extremity numbness, tingling sensations, weakness
  • Buttock and/or genital area numbness, tingling
  • Back pain accompanied by fever
  • Bowel or bladder dysfunction

Diagnostic examination

The purpose of a diagnostic examination is to learn about your general health, lifestyle, past medical history, and current back problem.  Information gathered by Dr. Jose Colon, MD and/or Dr. Robert Kramberg, MD during your exam is combined with imaging or other test results to confirm your diagnosis.

Questions our Doctors may ask include:

  • When did your back pain start?
  • Did a particular event precede back pain?
  • Has your pain improved or worsened?
  • Does back pain radiate into another part of your body?
  • On a scale of zero (no pain) to 10 (agony), what is your current pain level?
  • Does pain affect your ability to work or perform ordinary activities of daily life?
  • Do pain and symptoms disrupt sleep?
  • Other questions specifically related to you and your symptoms.

MRI is performed to evaluate your spine.  Sometimes a plain x-ray is ordered.  Depending on the results of your examination and MRI, our doctors may conduct electrodiagnostic studies.

Interventional treatment

Seldom does the cause of back pain require spine surgery!  At Rehabilitation Medicine Associates in West Orange, NJ, our doctors may combine non-operative interventional treatments to resolve back pain.  Interventional means to intervene to stop and manage pain while you heal.

Treatments are administered in a step-wise way.  We believe less can be more, and apply that philosophy to our treatment approach.  For example, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug and passive physical therapy may be as effective as a narcotic painkiller, but with fewer side effects.

Back pain treatments may include:

Meet our team of spine experts!

Doctors Jose Colon, MD and Robert Kramberg, MD at the Rehabilitation Medicine Associates in West Orange, NJ can help resolve your back pain.  They welcome the opportunity to recommend non-operative and surgical treatments to reduce lumbar pain and symptoms for you, a family member or friend.