Spinal pain in the cervical region (neck), thoracic (mid back) and lumbar region (lower back) are very common and responsible for many lost workdays. Lumbar muscle strains and sprains are the most common causes of low back pain. The thoracic spine can also be a site of spinal pain, but because it is much more rigid, the mid-spine area is much less frequently injured than the neck or lower back.
The lumbar and cervical spine are prone to strain because of their weight-bearing functions and involvement in moving, twisting and bending. Lumbar sprain is caused when ligaments, the tough bands that hold bones together, are unusually stretched. These can result from a sudden injury or from gradual overuse. Sprains cause inflammation of soft tissues, which leads to pain and may cause muscle spasms.
Non-surgical low back, cervical and thoracic pain usually affects the central soft tissue without radiating into the arms, chest or down the legs. Pain radiating from the spine into the extremities or chest wall implies structural pinching of the nerves in the spine that might require a surgical opinion if the situation fails to improve within weeks using non-surgical symptom treatments. Other symptoms include:
Reduced activity and bed rest for a short period from one to three days can help. Best rest should be as brief as possible, because prolonged bed rest can lead to loss of muscle strength and increased muscle stiffness, which only adds to your pain and discomfort. Your initial medical treatment may include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) medication if your pain is mild to moderate. Muscle relaxers and narcotic pain medication can be added or substituted in cases of more severe pain.
A cervical spine specialist or lower back pain specialist from our lower back pain clinic may recommend physical therapy for a treatment specifically designed for spinal pain. Physical therapy can include traction, gentle massage, ice and heat therapy, ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation and stretching exercises.
According to our lower back pain doctor, most people can expect complete recovery from a lumbar strain or sprain injury. Over 90 percent of patients completely recover from a lumbar muscle strain or sprain within 30 days. However, lower back strain may develop into a chronic condition unless you make an effort to change habits that contributed to the problem.
When you obtain treatment here, you will receive a pain management program customized precisely to your unique circumstances.
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This pain center is one of the best I have seen. Ana and Debbie are wonderful persons to talk to. If you are sincere in controlling your pain, this is the place to be. Dr Wahi is compassionate and sincere in his approach to treat you with minimal medications.
– B. Miller
In November of 2002, I moved to Chicago, IL. I had 5 back surgeries and a neck surgery. Not having a treating physician, I was able to find Dr. Ranjit Wahi who has a clinic on 95th St. through word of mouth. I have had chronic back pain since my fall as an iron worker in 1995. I have multiple pins and screws in my lower back. I was in bad shape and was much in need for some way to control my pains . Through different treatments i.e. pain medications, physical therapy and injections, Dr.…
– S. Sandilla
Dr. Ranjit Wahi has managed my pain since 1997. During that time I’ve found him to be not only competent but also compassionate towards his patents. Dr. Wahi exhibits exemplary professionalism coupled with the right amount of humor and friendliness that relaxes the most intense patient, settings and procedures. His office suite is well maintained and I’ve never experienced an overwhelming wait time to be seen. I recommend Dr. Wahi without reservation.
– W. Lacey
It was late November 2002 and I have recently arrived to the Chicago area 2 months prior. Over the 2 month period I was experienced a terrible pain in my back and chest area. I turned to the yellow pages where I found an advertisement for Midwest Physician Pain Center. After making an appointment and a series of tests, I was found to have a pea size lump in my right chest and a herniated disk in my lower back. Having the tumor in my right breast biopsied it was found to be a malignant for…
– Amy Trujillo
Dr. Wahi has helped me so much, he makes living a little easier due to my disability and chronic pain due to everyday living.
– James Amato
Dr. Wahi has helped me control my pain. During the winter time the pain gets more severe, the injections help me and I take one day at a time. Dr. Wahi sits with me, helps explain to me what I am feeling. I feel he does his very best that he can do for me and I am thankful to have him as my doctor. I have done physical therapy, injections and the pain medication helps me during the day.
– Albert Terriquez
Dr. Wahi has helped me tremendously. Therapy is wonderful and the staff here are very friendly and helpful. I have been in pain for years and thanks to Dr. Wahi it is now bearable.
– Pamela Boersma
Everyday life has become much better, especially being able to do things I wasn’t able to do before, such as bending over and picking things up. I’m more able to cope with people and do my work. Construction work is hard. My medication helps me function as far as lifting heavier objects, especially flooring. I’m able to work much better and at a faster pace. I’m not as slow as I used to be. I’m able to get up and do my chores at home as well. I’m thankful for being able to get back to…
– Paul Couch
I believe since I’ve been coming here things are a whole lot better. He has helped the pain and anxiety. Physical therapy and injections has helped me and I enjoy coming here more than any other doctor.
– Robert Buisseret
The treatment from Midwest Pain Center is very good. It helps me with my legs and back pain. I will give Midwest Pain Center 90%. I will tell other people to come here for treatment anytime.
– Candy Chiles
Dr. Wahi has helped me so much with my therapy. I have lower back pain frequently and coming here to see Dr. Wahi helps me maintain a little pain free. I appreciate all the time and work he has put into helping me out I hope to continue the same relationship we’ve been having.
– Adrian Cardona
Dr Wahi is the best doctor I have seen with regards to dealing with pain and anything else. I can’t express how much he has helped me. He is truly a wonderful doctor and a wonderful person. I will recommend him to anyone in need of help for pain. So glad I found him. His staff is also excellent, kind and courteous, make you feel welcome.
– Phyllis Johnson Jarvis
Dr. Wahi and staff have helped me tremendously. Whether injection or therapy both have been very beneficial in controlling my back pain. Cindy and Ana are also great to deal with on appointments and answering any questions I might ever have.
– James Ballard
I have been coming to Dr. Wahi for over a year. The staff is great and Dr. Wahi remains professional as well as friendly. I consider Dr. Wahi to be one of the best pain management doctors in the city.
– Annette Svientek
My name is Danny Joe Collins and the service that I receive from this pain center is very good. Don’t’ know what I would do without it. The facility is clean and the doctor is prompt and available to answer any questions that I may have. On a scale of 1-10, I give him a 10.
– Danny Joe Collins
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