Back Pain

Michele Martinho, MD -  - Internist

Michele Martinho, MD

Internist located in New York, NY

Back pain is one of the most common ailments affecting Americans on an everyday basis, causing millions to miss work, school, and social functions. At her Gramercy, New York City office, Dr. Michele Martinho helps men and women uncover the root causes of their back pain and provides targeted treatment. Under her care, countless patients have been able to resume their daily lives free from pain and with renewed vigor. If you’re suffering from back pain, you can do something about it. Call or book online today to schedule an appointment.

Back Pain Q & A

Michele Martinho, MD

What are the common causes of back pain?

More than 30 million Americans arfe experiencing back pain at any given time. Back pain can come in a variety of forms, including muscle aches, shooting pain that may radiate down to your lower limbs, or pain that intensifies during physical activity.

Knowing what causes your pain is often a key part of treating it and getting the relief you need to return to your everyday routine. The most common causes of back pain are muscle tears and sprains. Some ways you can get a muscle tear or sprain include:

  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Trauma, like a fall, that places too much stress on your back
  • Bad posture over time
  • Sports injuries

Here are some other common causes of back pain:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Ligament sprain

If you experience back pain that lasts more than a few days, it might be a good idea to seek medical attention.

How can I prevent back pain?

One of the best ways to treat any condition is through preventive care. If you take good care of your back you may able to avoid severe, prolonged cases of back pain.

Try doing back-strengthening and stretching exercises at least 2-3 times per week to keep your back healthy and strong. Dr. Michele Martinho can help develop a consistent routine for you.

Focusing on your posture, namely standing up or sitting straight, is another effective way to prevent back pain. Avoiding heavy lifting, or at least using the proper lifting form that doesn’t place undue stress on your back muscles, can help prevent debilitating strains and ligament tears.

Also, it may seem elementary, but eating a balanced diet and avoiding bad habits, like smoking cigarettes, can enhance your overall health and limit your risk of back pain.  

What are ways to treat back pain?

The first step in treating your back pain is a diagnosis and discovery of the root cause. Dr. Martinho first performs a thorough physical exam and discusses your symptoms with you. If needed, she may recommend more comprehensive screenings, such as X-rays.

In cases of acute back pain, treatment may include at-home remedies like rest and icing, or medications, such as pain relievers and muscle relaxants.

Dr. Martinho may also provide you with strengthening and stretching exercises to help overcome your back pain. This may include tips on how to improve your posture. If your back pain is deemed more serious, she can direct you to specialists for more complex surgeries.

To find out what’s causing your back pain and how you can get the relief you need, call or book online today to schedule an appointment.

 

917-563-4105

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