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Back Pain Specialist

Kai Sports Medicine LLC

Sports Medicine Specialist & Internal Medicine located in Oakhurst, NJ

Back pain can significantly affect your quality of life, making it challenging to perform even simple movements, like standing up, going for a walk, or getting out of bed. Internal medicine and sports medicine specialist Zachary Perlman, DO, welcomes patients to Kai Sports Medicine LLC in Oakhurst, New Jersey. He uses a range of minimally invasive orthopedic procedures and to diagnose and treat back pain, getting you back on your feet and feeling yourself again. Call the practice today, or request an appointment online.

Back Pain Q & A

What are the symptoms of back pain?

Back pain can occur anywhere in the back, going as far down as the buttocks and tops of the legs. Pain can be sharp and shooting or deep and throbbing, depending on its location and cause. Other symptoms that often accompany back pain include:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling in the legs
  • Pain that worsens when bending or twisting
  • Inflammation or swelling

Dr. Perlman has years of experience in treating and diagnosing back pain, and he specializes in sports-related injuries. 

What causes back pain?

You can develop back pain at any age. Dr. Perlman assesses your injury to identify what's causing the pain before creating a tailored treatment program specific to your condition. Here are some of the most common causes of back pain. 

Muscle or ligament strain

Lifting items that are too heavy for you, not lifting correctly, or turning too sharply can strain and twist the back muscles and ligaments.

Bulging or herniated discs

Discs in the spine can bulge, rupture, or herniate, pressing the disc wall against spinal nerves.

Age

You become more susceptible to back pain as you get older.

Arthritis

Osteoarthritis causes cartilage deterioration in the soft tissues between the vertebrae.

Excess weight

Extra weight puts the spine under additional stress.

Once Dr. Perlman knows what caused your back pain, he works with you to put preventive measures in place to help stop it from happening again.

What is the treatment for back pain?

Treatment for back pain is varied. Often, merely addressing the symptoms — the pain itself — is not enough. Dr. Perlman adopts an integrative approach to medicine. This approach places the patient at the center of the treatment program, taking into account their lifestyle and overall well-being as well as the immediate issue. Dr. Perlman's treatment methods include:

  • Joint injections
  • Minimally invasive orthopedic procedures
  • Over-the-counter and topical pain relievers
  • Osteopathic manipulation
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Physical therapy

He also works with you to create an action plan to implement at home to support your treatment. This may include:

  • Low-impact exercise
  • Healthy weight maintenance
  • Practicing good posture
  • Safe heavy-lifting practices
  • Core strength and muscle-building exercise

Caring for your back can prevent a lifetime of pain and discomfort. If you live with back pain, contact Kai Sports Medicine LLC today to make an appointment — call, or book online.