Back Pain Specialist

Jonathan S. Leibowitz, MD, PC

Board Certified in Internal Medicine & Primary Care & Nephrology located in Borough Park, Brooklyn, NY

Back pain is one of the top reasons for visiting the doctor. If you’ve been nursing a painful back, Jonathan S. Leibowitz, MD, PC, is a board-certified doctor who can diagnose and treat your condition. His practice is conveniently located in Borough Park, in Brooklyn, New York. Put back pain behind you by calling today or booking a consultation online.

Back Pain Q & A

How common is back pain?

Back pain is a near-universal health complaint. About 80% of people have at least one backache in their life.

What does back pain feel like?

Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to sudden, slicing pain. Back pain is divided into three forms, and each feels a bit different.

Local pain

Your pain may feel constant and aching or, at times, intermittent and sharp. You might also have muscle spasms.

Radiating pain

This type of back pain typically feels like a dull ache but also can be sharp and intense. The pain radiates from your lower back down to your leg.

Referred pain

You feel this form of back pain in a different location from the actual source of the pain. For example, you may feel referred pain in your back even though the source may be an internal organ.

Back pain can be acute or chronic. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and generally goes away after a few days or weeks. In contrast, chronic back pain persists for more than three months.

What causes back pain?

A sports injury, accident, and certain health conditions can result in back pain. Muscle sprains and pulled ligaments are the top causes of back pain and are usually caused by lifting, exercising, or moving in an unexpected way.

Other leading sources of back pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Compression fractures
  • A ruptured or herniated disk
  • Spinal stenosis

Sciatica, a nerve condition, also causes back pain.

How is back pain diagnosed?

Dr. Leibowitz and his team ask about your back pain symptoms and when the pain started. He performs a physical exam and assesses your range of motion. He also evaluates how well your spine moves.

The team may recommend X-rays to look for problems that might be contributing to your back pain. After a thorough assessment, an appropriate treatment plan to give you relief is recommended.

How is back pain treated?

Dr. Leibowitz tailors a treatment plan for your condition. He typically recommends:

  • Modifying your routine
  • Rest
  • Pain relievers
  • Exercises to strengthen your back

If you’re experiencing back pain, rely on Jonathan S. Leibowitz, MD, PC, for expert care. Call today or book a consultation online.

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