Our back doctors at Sports Medicine North are the North Shore's recognized experts in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients’ back injuries and conditions.
The back, comprised of the thoracic region of the middle back and the lumbar region of the lower back, is one of the greatest sources of pain and discomfort in the body. In fact, most people will experience back pain in the lumbar region at some point in their life. Back pain can be caused by a one-time injury or accident or it can be chronic pain, meaning it develops over time due to wear and tear. All back pain can hinder your ability to perform everyday activities, but there are doctors available to treat this pain and help you get back to your healthy, active lifestyle.
When It's Time to See a Back Doctor Near You
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is recommended that you contact a physician to discuss the available treatment options:
- Back pain that is worse when you stand or move
- Muscle spasms in the back
- Muscle weakness
- Nerve problems in the arms and hands
- Radiating pain from the back down to the buttocks, legs, and feet
- Sharp pain down the legs
- Sharp pain when lifting heavy items
- Weakness, tingling, or numbness in the legs
If you have any of these painful symptoms, it is important to make an appointment with a back specialist for assessment and diagnosis. Our doctors at Sports Medicine North provide treatments for a variety of back, neck, and spine injuries and conditions.
Common injuries and conditions affecting the back that can be diagnosed and treated by our doctors and surgeons include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated discs
- Pinched nerves
- Ruptured discs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Vertebrae fractures
Most back injuries and conditions can be effectively treated through conservative techniques such as physical therapy, aquatic therapy, medication, exercise, ultrasounds, and spinal injections. However, if surgery is absolutely necessary to ensure a complete recovery, our back surgeons are able to offer the latest advancements in state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgery that promotes an effective return to active living. Common spinal procedures performed by our surgeons include lumbar spine fusions; artificial disc replacement surgery; thoracic and lumbar laminectomy; thoracic and lumbar corpectomy; and kyphoplasty.
Sports Medicine North’s orthopedic back specialists and doctors are dedicated to providing surgical and nonsurgical approaches to treating your acute and chronic spinal conditions. Our back specialists strive to offer the highest level of back, neck, and spine care that helps restore function, reduce discomfort, provide relief, and prevent further injury from occurring.
Why Choose Sports Medicine North?
At Sports Medicine North, our fellowship-trained spine surgeons, Richard M. Ozuna, M.D., and Jeremy M. Shore, M.D., and our fellowship-trained pain management specialists, Joseph J. Evans, D.O. and Clay D. Miller, M.D., have all completed additional training specifically in the back, neck, and spine. With this advanced training, they all have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your back, neck, and spine injuries or conditions.
Additionally, our licensed physical therapists at Physical Therapy North are committed to providing integrated, state-of-the-art physical and occupational therapy care and rehabilitation. They work closely with our doctors and take a team approach to develop a treatment plan that is specialized to your individual needs.
To consult with one of our Sports Medicine North back doctors about your treatment options, please request an appointment online or call (978) 818-6350. We also provide more information relating to fitness, training tips, and nutrition for athletes of all skill levels through our Athlete and Parent’s Online Guide to Sports Medicine.