Back Pain Specialist

INVO Pain Medicine Group -  - Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine

INVO Pain Medicine Group

Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine & Pain Management located in Midtown, New York, NY

Back pain is the single leading cause of disability in the world, affecting about 31 million Americans. If you’re one of these millions and you live or work in Midtown, Manhattan, Nilufer Guleyupoglu, MD, of INVO Pain Medicine Group in New York City has more than 30 years of experience in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Guleyupoglu and her team use the latest techniques in regenerative and interventional medicine to provide long-lasting pain relief. They take a personalized, compassionate approach to diagnosing and treating the underlying cause of your pain. For state-of-the-art back pain therapies, call or request an appointment online.

Back Pain Q & A

INVO Pain Medicine Group

What causes chronic back pain?

Your spine and back are a complicated structure of bones, nerves, muscles, ligaments, and joints all working together to support your body. If you lift something heavy or twist your body the wrong way, you can injure or strain your back. Some of the most common causes of chronic back pain include:

  • Muscle strains and sprains
  • Ligament strains and sprains
  • Skeletal irregularities like scoliosis
  • Ruptured discs
  • Arthritis in your spine
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sciatica
  • Traumatic injury
  • Spondylolisthesis

As you age, back pain becomes more of a common problem, as well. Or, if you carry around a lot of extra weight, or don’t get enough exercise, you may experience chronic aches and pains in your back that prevent you from moving more.

How can I prevent back pain?

For some adults, making lifestyle changes can make a difference in the severity of your back pain. For example, if you’re overweight, losing weight may ease the stress on your spine. Additionally, becoming more active can help alleviate pain over time. For some, wearing more supportive footwear can prevent back pain from worsening, especially if you’re on your feet for long periods of time.

Other factors to keep in mind to prevent back pain from recurring or getting worse include:

  • Warming up and stretching properly before exercises
  • Sleeping on a supportive mattress
  • Lifting heavy objects with the support of your legs instead of bending from your waist
  • Quitting smoking, as smoking impairs blood flow and oxygen to spinal tissues
  • Stand and sit with proper posture

Getting enough exercise plus increasing abdominal strength and flexibility can help prevent injury and provide better support for your spine and core.

How do you treat back pain?

The INVO Pain Medicine Group team takes an individualized approach to relieving your back pain. The goal is to keep you from having to depend on pain medications, as well as increasing or restoring your mobility. They treat the underlying causes of your pain while providing effective physical rehabilitation and pain management techniques to alleviate symptoms.

One treatment method they often recommend that’s proven effective for chronic back pain is fluoroscopic injections. Fluoroscopic injections involve the use of guided X-ray imaging (fluoroscopy) so Dr. Guleyupoglu can deliver the medication into the precise area of your spine that’s causing pain.  

When other treatment methods don’t relieve your pain, fluoroscopically guided injections of cortisone (an anti-inflammatory) or numbing medications that block pain messages to your brain, are often highly effective. The INVO Pain Medicine Group team discusses this treatment method with you if you’re a good candidate, as they believe you should be involved in decision-making about your medical care.

Learn about fluoroscopic injections and other pain relief therapies. Call for an appointment or request one online.