Back Pain

Back Pain services offered in Anchorage, AK

Back pain may feel crippling when left untreated, but you don’t have to live with it. At Alaska Pain to Wellness Centre in Anchorage, Alaska, pain management specialists Greg Wilkinson, PA-C, M.Ed, Steve Johnson, MD, and their skilled team offer highly effective back pain treatments to reduce ongoing discomfort and restore musculoskeletal functioning. Call the office for pain relief or schedule an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q&A

What is back pain?

Back pain is an uncomfortable feeling in your lower, mid, or upper back. Age-related wear, injuries, and diseases might contribute to your back pain. The experts at Alaska Pain to Wellness Centre find the root cause of the discomfort and treat it to restore your quality of life.

What does it feel like to have back pain?

Depending on its cause, back pain could feel like:

  • Tingling
  • Burning pain
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Sharp or shooting pain
  • Radiating pain
  • Dull aching
  • Numbness
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Limited mobility

See the specialists at Alaska Pain to Wellness Centre if you have severe back pain or discomfort that doesn’t go away. 

What are the risk factors for back pain?

Common back pain risk factors include:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Arthritis
  • Narrowed spinal canal (spinal stenosis)
  • Scoliosis (curvature of the spine)
  • Pinched nerves 
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle strains
  • Older age
  • Lack of exercise
  • Improper lifting techniques
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Poor nutrition
  • Excess body weight
  • Some types of cancer 
  • Smoking

You could sustain a back injury during a car accident, playing sports, lifting something heavy, falling, or having a physically demanding job.

How does my provider diagnose the cause of back pain?

Determining the cause of your pain allows the Alaska Pain to Wellness Centre team to treat it properly. They review your lifestyle habits, medical history, and symptoms. Your pain specialist checks your vital signs, completes a physical exam, and often orders blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures. 

How is back pain treated?

The Alaska Pain to Wellness Centre offers the following treatments to ease back pain:

Home remedies

Wearing a brace, resting your back, and using ice or heat packs are things you can do at home to reduce back pain.

Radiofrequency ablation

Radiofrequency ablation uses radiofrequency energy and a fine needle to heat and destroy painful nerves.

Spinal cord stimulation

Your Alaska Pain to Wellness Centre specialist might surgically place a spinal cord stimulator underneath your skin to send electrical impulses for nerve pain relief. 

Ultrasound-guided nerve hydrodissection 

Alaska Pain to Wellness Centre offers ultrasound-guided nerve hydrodissection. This innovative technique reduces back pain by injecting a solution into targeted areas to separate painful serves from surrounding tissues.

Electrical nerve stimulation

Electrical nerve stimulation emits electrical impulses through your skin to reduce nerve pain without needles or surgery.

Cortisone injections

Your pain specialist injects cortisone into areas near your spine to reduce inflammation and discomfort. 

Intrathecal pain pump implants

Intrathecal pain pumps are implantable systems that release medicine gradually into your body over time for pain relief.

Medical Cannabis

Medical cannabis is a natural pain-relieving treatment available with the help of the Alaska Pain to Wellness Centre experts.

Physical therapy

Injury-specific physical therapy stretches and exercises help reduce ongoing back pain naturally. Your Alaska Pain to Wellness Centre specialist may recommend more than one back pain treatment to produce exceptional results. 

To reduce back pain with the help of the Alaska Pain to Wellness Centre team, call the office or use the online booking feature today.