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Back Pain Specialist

Josephine Z. Huang, M.D. -  - Physiatrist

Lower Manhattan Pain and Wellness Center

Josephine Z. Huang, M.D.

Physiatrist & Acupuncturist located in Lower Manhattan, New York, NY

If you’re plagued by back pain, you aren’t alone — as many as four in five adults experience ongoing back pain at some point in their lives. Chronic lower back pain, in particular, is a leading reason for missed work and the number-one cause of disability worldwide. Josephine Huang, MD, of Lower Manhattan Pain and Wellness Center has helped countless men and women find real, long-lasting relief from unrelenting back pain. Call her Chinatown, New York City office, or click online to schedule an appointment today.

Back Pain Q & A

Why does my back hurt? 

Your backbone is a remarkably complex structure made up of bones, joints, discs, and nerves that are all held in place and stabilized by ligaments and surrounding muscle. 

When even one small part of this intricate system is out of sorts, simple movements can become painful and difficult. Chronic back discomfort may be caused by: 

Age-related degeneration

Osteoarthritis is a progressive wear-and-tear condition that causes the cartilage between your spinal joints to break down over time. When it affects your lumbar spine, you may experience reduced spinal mobility and ongoing lower back pain. 

Disc problems

Spinal discs are rubbery rings that cushion the ends of each vertebrae in your backbone. When they bulge or rupture (herniate), they can irritate nearby nerves and lead to chronic back pain. 

Muscle, nerve, or tendon damage

Even if you’re relatively fit, heavy lifting and sudden movements can cause microscopic tears in the muscles and ligaments in your back that precipitate chronic pain and inflammation. 

Poor posture or body mechanics

People who sit or stand for long stretches of time are prone to developing persistent back pain, particularly if they have poor posture or body mechanics. 

Which factors contribute to back pain? 

Although back pain affects people of all ages, it’s most common among middle-aged and older adults. The following factors can contribute to the development of chronic back pain or make the problem worse:

  • Sitting too much or not getting enough exercise 
  • Carrying extra weight through your midsection 
  • Working in an occupation that requires heavy lifting
  • Engaging in high-impact exercise or contact sports 
  • Living with unabated mental or emotional stress 

Smoking cigarettes can also compound chronic back pain by interfering with the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients to your spinal discs.   

How can I resolve chronic back pain?

After Dr. Huang performs a comprehensive assessment to determine the underlying cause of your condition, she can develop an individualized care plan that combines effective pain relief with proactive rehabilitation solutions. 

If your pain is severe or disabling, you may benefit from an epidural steroid injection. This therapeutic treatment uses cortisone to reduce long-standing inflammation, alleviate pain, and improve range of motion. 

As an ideal solution for mild-to-moderate back pain, acupuncture triggers the release of your own natural, pain-suppressing endorphins and promotes optimal blood flow to damaged or inflamed tissues. Research shows that combining acupuncture with traditional treatment is more likely to provide significant relief from back pain than conventional medical care alone.   

Once your pain is under control, a targeted physical therapy program can help you strengthen your core, correct muscle imbalances, improve your flexibility, and restore optimal mobility, so you’re in a better position to prevent back pain recurrence. 

If you’re ready to say good-bye to back pain for good, call Lower Manhattan Pain and Wellness Center, or use the easy online tool to schedule an appointment today.