Back Pain Specialist

Apurva Dalal, MD -  - Orthopaedic Specialist

Tri-State Orthopaedics

Apurva Dalal, MD

Orthopaedic Specialist & Robotic Surgeon located in Germantown, TN & Memphis, TN

Most people experience back pain at some point in their life. Whether yours is acute or chronic, contact orthopedic surgeon Apurva Dalal, MD, for relief. If you live in Memphis, Tennessee, or the surrounding area, he can help diagnose and treat the cause of your back pain so you can get back to your daily activities pain-free and as soon as possible. Get started on relief today by calling one of Tri-State Orthopaedics’ two locations, in Memphis and Germantown, Tennessee, or using the online booking agent to make an appointment.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Muscle, nerve, bone, joint, or other structures of the back can be the cause of your back pain. The pain can last for a short time, such as just a few days or weeks, or be chronic and last for more than three months.

What are the symptoms of back pain?

Back pain may occur in the upper, middle, or lower regions of the back. It may present as a dull, constant pain or a sudden, sharp pain. Back pain can radiate to your arms, hands, legs, or feet. Pain may be accompanied by numbness, tingling, and weakness.

Who is at risk of developing back pain?

Athletes — especially those in skiing, basketball, football, ice skating, soccer, running, golf, and tennis — are at risk of developing back pain. These sports stress your spine and cause it to absorb increased pressure, twist and turn, and endure impact.

Athletes aren’t the only people at risk of back pain and injury. Overuse injuries, physical activity, movement that involves bending and twisting, and poor posture are other contributors to back pain.

In addition to muscular strain, specific diagnoses you might receive include:

  • Spondylolysis: Found in athletes who participate in sports such as gymnastics, pole-vaulting, and football, or any activities requiring frequent hyperextension of the lumbar spine
  • Spondylolisthesis: A condition of the spine that occurs when one vertebra is displaced or slipped forward over the other below it
  • Herniated nucleus pulposus: When the central core of a disc pushes through a tear in the hard outer layer of the disc, causing a bulge and pressing on nearby nerves.

Other possible causes include growth-related problems such as scoliosis and Scheuermann’s kyphosis.

How is the cause of back pain diagnosed?

Dr. Dalal does a thorough exam of your spine and reviews your health history and any potentially aggravating events. He looks at your symptoms and considers any unusual curves of the spine and rib humps. He also considers if you have a tilt in your pelvis or shoulders. He may order specific diagnostic tests as well.

How is back pain treated?

Treatment for back pain is usually nonsurgical and includes:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Cold packs, heat packs, or both
  • Changes in sleep position
  • Exercises to strengthen your trunk and back muscles

If these treatments are unsuccessful, Dr. Dalal considers other possible therapies, too.