Back Pain Specialist

Nova Interventional Pain Management

Interventional Pain Management Specialists & Anesthesiologists located in Edgewood, MD & Bel Air, MD

About 16 million Americans experience chronic back pain. When left untreated, back pain can keep you from work, exercise, and other activities you love. Fortunately, with early intervention and professional care, it’s possible to limit discomfort and stay active. At Nova Interventional Pain Management, with three convenient locations in Edgewood, Bel Air, and Rosedale, Maryland, interventional pain management specialist Faisal Sayeed, MD, and the team provide minimally invasive treatments for back pain. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office to speak with a friendly staff member today.

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Back pain refers to any discomfort that affects one or several regions of your spine. Your back contains three separate muscle groups and more than 30 bones. These soft and hard tissues are incredibly tough, but they’re also susceptible to wear-and-tear and disease.

What are the symptoms of back pain?

Back pain ranges in severity. Some people experience a dull ache or throbbing sensation, and others experience sharp pains that are electric or shock-like in nature. Depending on the underlying cause, back pain may radiate into your buttocks, legs, and feet. You might also notice that your symptoms get worse during physical activity like exercise, bending, or lifting.

When should I see a specialist about back pain?

Back pain is something to take seriously. Make an appointment with the team at Nova Interventional Pain Management if your back pain:

  • Causes weakness, tingling, or numbness in your legs
  • Triggers unexplained weight loss
  • Lasts for two weeks or longer
  • Is severe and doesn’t improve with at-home care

In some cases, back pain may point to a serious medical problem. This is particularly true if you experience a fever or bowel and bladder problems.

What causes back pain?

Back pain occurs for various reasons. The team at Nova Interventional Pain Management regularly treats people who experience back pain due to muscle and ligament strains and bulging or ruptured discs. Other common causes of back pain include chronic conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis.

How is back pain diagnosed?

The team at Nova Interventional Pain Management diagnoses back pain by reviewing your medical history and asking about your symptoms and lifestyle. 

They ask you to rate your pain on a scale and assess your ability to sit, stand, and walk around the exam room. These measures help the team determine the source of your pain, how much it affects your mobility, and if it triggers muscle spasms.

If the team suspects an underlying medical problem, like a fracture or herniated disc, they order diagnostic imaging. Depending on your symptoms, they might recommend X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan. These tools provide high-quality images of your vertebrae and the soft tissues that support your spine.

How is back pain treated?

The team at Nova Interventional Pain Management treats back pain using interventional, minimally-invasive treatments. Depending on the location and source of your back pain, they might recommend:

  • Trigger point injections
  • Nerve root injections
  • Sacroiliac joint (SI) injections
  • Facet injections
  • Medial branch blocks

If your back pain is severe and doesn’t respond to injections, you might benefit from an intrathecal morphine pump.

To explore treatment for back pain, schedule an appointment at Nova Interventional Pain Management. Call the nearest office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff today.