Back Pain Specialist

Martin Bertram, MD -  - Pain Medicine Physician

Martin Bertram, MD

Pain Medicine Physician & Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation located in Springfield, OH

If you consider the enormous responsibility of your back in providing your body’s support and movement, it should come as no surprise that back pain is relatively common. In fact, it’s the primary driver behind missed work in the United States. As a specialist in pain management and physical medicine, Dr. Martin Bertram understands the impact back pain can have and works with his patients in Springfield, Ohio, to restore their freedom of movement. To learn more, call or book an appointment online.

Back Pain Q & A

What is the anatomy of the back?

Your back is arguably the hardest working area of your body, keeping you upright and providing you with the ability to move. At the heart of it all are 33 vertebrae, which run the length of your back and fall into five sections:

  • Cervical spine, or neck
  • Thoracic spine, or mid-back
  • Lumbar spine, or low back
  • Sacrum
  • Coccyx, or tailbone

Helping your vertebrae function is a complex system of muscles, tendons, and ligaments that provide support and allow a range of motion.

In addition to support and mobility, your spine also acts as the primary conduit for your nerves between your brain and the rest of your body.

What are the types of back pain?

Because of its complexity, your back is susceptible to problems that can strike your vertebrae, your soft tissue, or your nerves (usually in combination).

The most common causes of back pain include:

  • Degenerative disc disease (arthritis)
  • Sprains or strains
  • Nerve compression
  • Herniated or bulging disc
  • Sciatica
  • Stenosis

This list is by no means comprehensive, but it gives you an idea of the scope of issues that can cause you back pain.

What causes back pain?

Your back is almost always working, whether you’re turning over in your sleep or stacking wood, and most back pain is rooted in one of two things:

Acute injury

Acute injuries typically cause sprains and fractures. Such injuries can occur as a result of a trauma or accident, or simply pushing your back beyond its limits.

Chronic or degenerative conditions

One of the leading causes of back pain is years of wear and tear that take their toll on your discs, which separate your vertebrae.

These discs provide crucial cushioning to your bones, and when these deteriorate, your surrounding nerves can become irritated, causing anything from mild to severe pain.

What is the treatment for back pain?

Dr. Bertram has many tools in his arsenal that are highly effective in fighting back pain, which take into consideration the nature of your condition, as well as your goals.

To find a solution that helps you regain pain-free movement, call Martin Bertram, MD, to get started on a full review of your situation. Or, you can use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation.