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Back Pain Specialist

Dr. Robert F Bowers -  - Pain Management Physician

Bellevue Pain and Wellness PLLC

Dr. Robert F Bowers

Pain Management Physician located in Bellevue, Bellevue, WA

More than 264 million days of work are lost to back pain every year. If you’re in Bellevue, Washington, and are experiencing back pain, whether you’re missing work or not, it’s time to get treatment. Robert Bowers, MD, a double board-certified and fellowship-trained anesthesiologist and pain medicine physician, diagnoses the cause of back pain and provides customized treatment at Bellevue Pain and Wellness PLLC. Call Bellevue Pain and Wellness PLLC to make an appointment today.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Nearly everyone experiences back pain at some point, but some people have chronic or severe back pain that interferes with their lives. Sometimes you know what causes it, and others your back pain might have no discernible cause. For example, you might know that your back hurts because you overdid it at the gym or slipped and fell. Other issues that cause back pain include:

  • Muscle and ligament injuries
  • Herniated discs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Spondylolisthesis (a vertebra slips out of place)
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Compression fractures

 

Back pain is highly variable. You might have acute or chronic pain that can range from annoying to debilitating. You may have constant or intermittent pain. Some patients have back pain more frequently or more severely than others. 

 

How is the cause of back pain diagnosed?

When you meet with Dr. Bowers about back pain, his goal is to find the cause of your pain and to give you a variety of treatment options. During your exam, he reviews your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle. He asks if you know what caused your back pain or if you had any recent injuries or accidents.

Dr. Bowers feels your spine for irregularities or signs of inflammation. He might ask you to move through some gentle stretches to gauge your pain and observe your range of motion. In some cases, he orders X-rays, MRIs, or nerve conduction studies to gather more detail about your condition. 

 

How is back pain treated?

Once Dr. Bowers understands your back pain and knows what’s causing it, he creates a customized treatment plan to alleviate your pain and address the underlying condition. Some of the back pain treatments he might recommend include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Spinal injections
  • Trigger point injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Platelet-rich plasma injections
  • Lifestyle modifications

 

Dr. Bowers reviews your treatment options and answers your questions so you can make an informed choice about your health care. He only prescribes pain medication when necessary and sticks to a low dose. 

 

Can I reduce my risk of back pain?

You can take steps to reduce your risk of back pain. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can significantly lower your risk. For example, maintaining a healthy weight and getting regular exercise both help to prevent back pain.

If you’re concerned about back pain, call Bellevue Pain and Wellness PLLC or make an appointment today.

Pain Management Specialist in Bellevue, Washington and servicing areas in Seattle, Washington