Back Pain Specialist

Central Florida Primary Care

Primary Care Practice & Preventative Care located in Winter Park, FL & Orlando, FL

Back pain is a common problem that affects almost everyone at some point in their life. While back pain can resolve on its own with home care, if your back pain isn’t improving with time or making it difficult for you to do the things you enjoy, it could be time to schedule an appointment with Pedro Ortega, MD at Central Florida Primary Care. Dr. Ortega is an internal medicine physician who specializes in the treatment of common conditions that affect adults, including back pain. Call the Winter Park or MetroWest, Florida, office today, or schedule an appointment online.

Back Pain Q & A

What are the common symptoms of back pain?

Back pain causes a variety of symptoms that can vary in intensity. Common symptoms include:

  • Muscle ache
  • Sharp shooting sensation
  • Pain that radiates into your legs
  • Pain worsens with activity, such as bending or walking

In many cases, back pain resolves on its own with rest, a change in body mechanics, and time.

What are the common causes of back pain?

Most back pain is due to a mechanical problem and rarely a serious underlying medical condition. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Muscle or ligament strain
  • Skeletal irregularities
  • Ruptured or slipped disc
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis

Finding the exact cause of your back pain can sometimes be difficult, even with diagnostic testing.

Back pain is considered acute or chronic depending on how long you’ve had the pain. Acute back pain is usually caused by a fall or injury and lasts six weeks or less. Chronic back pain is pain that lasts more than three months.

When should I see a doctor for back pain?

If your back pain isn’t improving after a few weeks of home care, it’s time to call Central Florida Primary Care to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ortega. You should also seek medical help if:

  • You’re having bowel or bladder problems
  • You have a fever
  • Your back pain developed after a fall or a blow to the back
  • Your pain is getting worse instead of better
  • You’re experiencing muscle weakness

Dr. Ortega will evaluate your back, your symptoms, and the events leading up to the pain to help determine the cause. If necessary, he will recommend diagnostic testing such as an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan.

What treatments are available for back pain?

Dr. Ortega will develop a personalized treatment plan to help reduce your back pain, promote healing, and get you back to doing the things you love. Your treatment plan can include:

  • Pain relievers
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Topical pain ointments
  • Physical therapy

Depending on the source and cause of your pain, injections could also be recommended. If Dr. Ortega fails to improve your pain, he can refer you to a surgeon for an evaluation and recommendation. Surgery is rarely needed, but for some patients, it can be an option that improves symptoms.

For relief from your back pain, call Central Florida Primary Care, or schedule an appointment online.