Back Pain/Sciatica Specialist

Premier Spine and Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine and Pain Management Specialists located in Hagerstown, MD

Chronic low back pain is the most common cause of disability in people younger than 45. Dr. Christopher Clark at Premier Spine and Sports Medicine specializes in relieving back pain and sciatica. He provides various treatments like medical injections, exercise therapy, spinal manipulation, and acupuncture to patients in Hagerstown, Maryland. Don’t wait to get relief for your back pain: Contact his office or schedule an appointment online for a comprehensive evaluation.

Back Pain/Sciatica Q & A

What is sciatica?

The sciatic nerves branch away from the lower spine then travels down through the buttocks and both legs. Sciatica refers to pain – often severe – as well as tingling, and numbness that occur along the sciatic nerve when it’s pinched or compressed.

What causes back pain and sciatica?

Low back pain commonly develops due to sciatica or following an injury or strain to muscles and ligaments. Other causes include a ruptured disc, arthritis, and compression fractures from osteoporosis.

Sciatica arises from similar problems as low back pain, except the conditions affect the nerve rather than the supporting muscles and ligaments. Common conditions that cause pressure against the nerve include:

  • Herniated disc
  • Narrowing of spaces in spine
  • Muscle spasms
  • Slipped disc
  • Injury causing pinched nerve

Are you at risk for sciatica and back pain?

Your chances of developing sciatica go up when you have one or more of these risk factors:

  • Age
  • Being overweight
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Diabetic nerve damage
  • Job or activities that require heavy lifting or twisting

What treatments alleviate back pain and sciatica?

Dr. Clark has extensive experience relieving back pain and sciatica. His medical specialties include several interventions that are especially effective for back pain, including:

Interventional pain management: Uses treatments such as nerve blocks, facet joint injections, and neurostimulation to relieve pain for a longer period.

Musculoskeletal interventions: Relieves pain using exercise therapy to strengthen and rehabilitate and spinal manipulation to reduce pressure and realign the spine.

Medical acupuncture: Relieves back pain by reducing muscle spasms, decreasing inflammation, and stimulating the release of endorphins and neurotransmitters that improve physical and emotional health.

Regenerative medicine: Platelet-rich plasma or stem cell injections at the site of nerve or muscle injury promote healing and stimulate new-tissue growth.

Will you receive a long-term pain management plan?

Dr. Clark works with you to develop a plan to manage chronic back and sciatica pain. He believes in finding solutions without using narcotic pain medicines. As such, your plan may include ongoing rehabilitation because staying active and improving strength and flexibility in your back reduces pain.

Depending on the severity of your back pain or sciatica, Dr. Clark may consider interventional treatments such as radiofrequency ablation. This type of therapy blocks pain-causing nerve signals and can last up to a year, which lets you engage in physical therapy without suffering pain.

Dr. Clark can even create treatment plans centered around today’s cutting-edge technology and treatment options, including platelet rich plasma injections. Schedule your first appointment online today to learn more about your treatment options.