Low Back Pain Specialist

Riverview Pain and Spine Institute

Dinash Yanamadula, MD, FAAPMR, FAAPM

Pain Management Specialist & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic located in Edgewater, NJ

At Riverview Pain & Spine Institute, located in Edgewater, New Jersey, Dr. Dinash Yanamadula specializes in offering pain management plans for patients who suffer from low back pain. Dr. Yanamadula offers traditional and leading edge treatments for low back pain, tailored to each specific patient.

Low Back Pain Q & A

How Common Is Back Pain?

Lower back pain is among the most frequent reasons for missing work and visiting the doctor. Pain can occur in any of the muscles, ligaments, nerves or 24 vertebrae that make up the spine, as well as, the rubbery discs that act as shock absorbers in between. However, back pain most commonly affects the lower, or lumbar, back.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Back Pain?

There are a wide array of reasons for lower back pain, both acute and chronic. Topping the list are injuries caused by accidents (sports, auto, and other types), overuse that leads to wear and tear, and chronic illness, such as arthritis.

Among the most common specific causes are:

  • Muscle strain and spasms, and ligament strains. These can all be caused by heavy lifting or a sudden awkward movement.
  • Herniated, bulging or rupture disks. Disks provide cushioning between the spine’s vertebrae. The soft gel-like material inside the disks can bulge or rupture and press on nerves.
  • Disc degeneration, caused by age and wear and tear.
  • Arthritis in the lower back can cause a narrowing of the space surrounding the spinal cord, a condition known as spinal stenosis.
  • Skeletal irregularities, such as irregular curvatures in the spine can cause lower back pain.
  • Osteoporosis makes bones porous and brittle, causing susceptibility to compression fractures.

How Does Dr. Yanamadula Treat Back Pain?

Fellowship trained in both interventional pain management and sports medicine, Dr. Yanamadula is experienced in the complete range of non-surgical pain relief and management modalities and tailors a treatment program to meet each patient’s unique needs. Among the approach he may use are:

  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Radiofrequency treatments, such as lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy
  • Nerve blocks, such as sympathetic nerve blocks
  • Joint injections
  • Medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

Is Physical Therapy Effective for Lower Back Pain?

Physical therapy can be extremely effective for both acute and chronic forms of lower back pain. Therapy often involves exercises like stretching, swimming, and the use of machines that allow the person to lift weight in a controlled and managed environment. This strengthens and tones the muscles, giving them the ability to better support the lower back. Water exercises are especially beneficial because they use the body's own weight as resistance. The movement of the water over the area can be very soothing and allows the muscles to relax as the person moves through the water.

What Is a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc is the term used to describe the bulging of the fluid-filled disc outside of the bony ring of the vertebrae. When two vertebrae are pinched or forced together, the fluid-filled sac or disc that rests between them and acts as a cushion is forced to spread out, causing a small portion of it to extend outside of the protection of the vertebrae. When this type of injury occurs, inflammation can put pressure on the disc causing intense pain and discomfort. Doctors treat herniated discs in a number of ways, including the use of inversion therapy. During this type of therapy, a person lies on a table that is inverted so that gravity can separate the vertebrae and allow the disc to slip back into place.

Major Insurances Accepted

At Riverview Pain and Spine, we accept most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

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