Back and Spine Care-Back Pain Can Be Helped
Physiatry and physical and occupational therapy play an important role in the treatment of back and spine problems. In some cases, surgery can be prevented through a combination of treatments including therapy and pain management. And when surgery is needed physiatrists can oversee the post surgical rehabilitation needed for recovery.
Physicians trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation are called physiatrists. They help patients reduce or relieve pain and, as much as possible and restore function lost due to illness or injury. They work closely with orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, rheumatologists, primary care physicians and physical and occupational therapists.
Physiatrists use a combination of non-surgical treatments such as exercise, physical and occupational therapy, activity modification, adaptive equipment or assistive devices and orthotics.
Dr. Scott Taylor’s treatment focus is on minimizing reliance on pain medication and emphasizing function with interventional procedures and rehabilitation.
If pain isn’t reduced with these activities, he also has an Interventional Pain Treatment Clinic where he treats a wide range of problems from sore shoulders or carpal tunnel syndrome to arthritis, osteoporosis, neck, spine and back problems.
Board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, as well as Pain Management, Dr. Taylor takes care of back and spine issues such as:
- Degenerative Disc Disease (changes in your spinal disc as you age)
- Herniated Disc (sometimes called a slipped disk or a ruptured disk)
- Lumbar Strains (low back strain Scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine)
- Sciatica (pain that radiates from the sciatic nerve which runs from your spinal cord to your buttock and hip area and down the back of each leg)
- Spinal Stenosis (a narrowing of one or more areas in your spine)
- Spondylosis (spinal degeneration and deformity of the joint(s) of two or more vertebrae)
- Spondylolisthesis (one bone in your back (vertebra) slides forward over the bone below)
- Spinal Fractures (post surgery rehabilitation)
If back pain or a back injury is keeping you for enjoying life or working at your job, ask your physician to provide a referral for you to Dr. Taylor..