By Spine Joint & Pain Center
July 13, 2017
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Back Pain  

Whether you work behind a desk or spend most of your time on your feet, your professional life can have an effect on your health, and mayback pain also be taking a toll on your back. If you have ever had to miss work due to back pain, you are not alone. Approximately 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), making it the largest cause of job-related disability. Dr. Brenna Green specializes in back pain management and treatment at the Spine Joint & Pain Center in Murfreesboro, TN.

Treatment for Back Pain in Murfreesboro and Manchester, TN

There are several factors that can contribute to back pain. If you work in an office and spend several hours a day hunched over a computer screen, you may develop back and neck pain over time. Bad posture, sitting for too long without getting up to move around and stretch, and using an uncomfortable chair without adequate back support can become a recipe for lower back pain and stiffness.

A job with physical requirements like moving and lifting objects (regardless of weight) also increases the risk of developing a strain and low back pain.

Types of Back Pain

Most cases of work-related low back pain are acute (short term, lasting anywhere from a few days to weeks) and are caused by strains that generally resolve on their own with rest and over the counter pain relievers if necessary. Back pain becomes chronic when it lasts longer than 8-14 weeks and does not resolve on its own. In addition to strains, other common causes of back pain include osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, or inflammation/nerve compression.

Find a Back Pain Specialist in Murfreesboro and Manchester, TN

Chronic back pain can interfere with your ability to do your job and disrupt your quality of life. For more information on back pain prevention and treatment, contact the Spine Joint & Pain Center by calling (615) 867-7971 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Green today.

By Spine Joint & Pain Center
May 24, 2017
Category: Pain Management

Back and joint pain can quickly take a toll on your everyday activities, causing you to slow down, forcing you to take time off of work or osteopathic manipulationschool, or even keeping you from simple tasks like walking or standing. Luckily we can help you get back on your feet with osteopathic manipulation. Learn more about this method of treatment with Dr. Brenna Green at Spine Joint and Pain Center with locations in Murfreesboro, Shelbyville and Manchester, TN.

What is osteopathic manipulation? 
Osteopathic manipulation is a hands-on technique used by Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine. This treatment helps diagnose, treat and even prevent injury to the muscles or joints. The treatment itself includes placing manual pressure onto the body’s tissues, muscles and joints and guiding that pressure in a specific direction. This method aligns joints and increases their range of motion, helps with tissue abnormalities, promotes movement of fluids and restores balance to the muscles and tissues around the joints.

How can osteopathic manipulation help me? 
Often used in treating muscle pain, osteopathic manipulation can also help patients who suffer from other issues like migraines, menstrual pain, carpal tunnel and even asthma. Osteopathic manipulation is often used alongside medications or other treatments. Most patients require several osteopathic manipulation treatments to see their desired results, with many settling on two sessions a week for two to four weeks. Some patients may require a series of follow-up treatments spaced out over a longer period of time.

Osteopathic Manipulation in Murfreesboro, Shelbyville and Manchester
A good candidate for osteopathic manipulation is in good general health. Patients should understand that osteopathic manipulation is a drug-free approach to relief and uses hands-on techniques to solve medical problems. Your doctor will work with you to find the best treatment plan and treatments available for your specific situation. For more information on osteopathic manipulation, please contact Dr. Green at Spine Joint and Pain Center in Murfreesboro, Shelbyville and Manchester, TN. Call (615) 867-7971 to schedule your appointment today!

By Spine Joint & Pain Center
November 15, 2016
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Acute Pain  

Don’t let pain of any magnitude slow you down. Find out how we can help you manage your symptoms.

Even short-lived pain can be a downright annoyance, particularly if the pain you experience affects how you go about your daily life. No acute painone wants to be stopped dead in their tracks by pain. People want to be able to go to work, go for a run and enjoy a weekend with the family without having to worry about pain. Our Murfreesboro, TN, physiatrist, Dr. Brenda Green, agree, which is why we are here to explain how you can manage your pain more effectively.

Acute pain may be fleeting or it could last several weeks or even months. Typically, acute pain won’t last for longer than six months; however, acute pain that doesn’t go away may eventually lead to chronic pain.

It’s important that you seek treatment from our Murfreesboro, TN, pain specialist if your acute pain comes about during any of the following periods:

  • After surgery
  • After an injury like a broken bone
  • During or after labor and childbirth
  • With a health problem like arthritis, shingles, abdominal pain, migraines or kidney stones

While we know that your number-one goal is to treat your pain, we also know that it’s important to identify the source of the pain and treat that as soon as possible. By treating the problem we can reduce your pain, improve quality of life and even promote faster healing.

We are here to treat everything from arm and leg pain to back, joint and knee pain. If you are experiencing pain we can help. While a lot of patients can manage and even eliminate their pain with simple measures like taking over-the-counter pain relievers, icing or applying heat to the affected area, avoiding certain activities or movements that can exacerbate their condition and even receiving physical therapy, there are still some patients who require more aggressive care.

That’s why we offer treatment options for those whose pain hasn’t responded to more conservative treatments. These more aggressive options include,

  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Nerve blocks
  • Opioids (a strong prescription pain medication)
  • Cryoanalgesia
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation (for more severe forms of pain)
  • Neuroablation (for more severe forms of pain)
  • Surgery (for more severe forms of pain)
  • Implantable drug pumps (for more severe forms of pain)

Spine Joint & Pain Center in Murfreesboro, TN, is here to tackle all of your pain problems, whether acute or chronic. Call us today to book an appointment with us. Don’t let pain dictate how you live your life!

By Spine Joint & Pain Center
July 27, 2016
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Back Pain  

Could daily habits be responsible for your back pain? Find out how we can help!

Back pain is a fairly common complaint. Unfortunately, back pain can become debilitating enough that it can affect your day-to-day activities. You may find that you have to nix your favorite physical activities or that just sitting at your office desk is unbearable. Find out Back Painwhat could be to blame for your back pain and what our Murfreesboro physiatrists and pain management specialist Dr. Brenna Green can do to help.

You work at a desk

Sitting down puts about 40 percent more pressure on your spine than when you are standing. So if you sit at a desk for the majority of the day and you don’t take regular stretch breaks then you may find yourself dealing with some pretty nasty back pain.

You don’t work out

Did you know that those who lead sedentary lifestyles or are less physically active are more likely to experience back pain than those who workout regularly? Even those who suffer from back pain should get regular exercise to help ease symptoms.

You carry a heavy bag

If you are one of those people that need to carry their whole life around in their bag then you may have the back problems to prove it. When you carry around a heavy bag it’s easy for your shoulders to experience an imbalance, which can also affect the health of your spine.

You haven’t swapped out your mattress

Did you know that a mattress only lasts about 9-10 years, if it’s a good one? But if you notice back problems or that you’re not sleeping well then it might be best to replace your mattress after only 5 to 7 years.

There is a host of other habits from regularly wearing high heels to watching a lot of TV that can lead to back issues. But here is how our Murfreesboro back pain specialists can help:

Treatment options

The number one goal is to figure out the best treatment options to get your pain under control. Some treatments we may recommend include:

  • Prescription medications
  • Osteopathic manipulation
  • Spinal injections
  • Teaching better ergonomic habits
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • A nerve block treatment

Spine Joint & Pain Center is here is make sure that you get the care you deserve to live a pain-free life. If back pain is plaguing you then it’s time you called our Murfreesboro office today to schedule your appointment.

By MMC Spine Joint and Pain Center
May 12, 2016
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Pain  

Do you feel that your chronic pain has you at your wit’s end? You are not alone. Many people suffer from joint or spinal pain daily. This can be an irritating and frustrating experience which lowers your quality of life. However, MMC Spine Joint and Pain Center in Murfreesboro, TN is here to help you manage your pain so you can get back to a normal, pain-free and active life.Pain Management

What is pain management? 
Pain management focuses on diagnosis and management of chronic pain. The doctors at MMC Spine, Joint, and Pain take a non-surgical approach to treating back, neck and joint pain. From physical therapy consisting of stretches and exercises to specialized equipment designed with treating your pain in mind, your doctors have you covered.

How can my Murfreesboro, TN doctor help? 
Your first appointment will consist of an initial consultation to help you get to know your doctor and vice versa. A physical examination allows your doctor to spot any abnormalities in your body from the outside. Imaging technology such as x-ray or MRI helps them see abnormalities of the bone, muscles and connective tissues inside your body. Family and medical history also aid in helping your doctor diagnose your pain. Additionally, keeping a log of your pain including where and when it occurs, what makes it better or worse and its severity on a scale of 0 (no pain) to 10 (severe pain) helps your doctor see patterns in your pain levels.

How are spine and joint pain treated? 
Depending on the kind of pain you are experiencing and its severity, treatment varies. Physical therapy consisting of special stretches and exercises helps rebuild muscles and connective tissues around injuries, helping pain and range of motion. Therapies such as Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) have proven to be safe and effective for treating chronic pain for decades. Your doctor can help you determine which therapy and treatment is best for your situation.

For more information on pain management, please contact Dr. Brenna Green at MMC Spine, Joint, and Pain in Murfreesboro, TN. Call (615) 867-7971 to speak with an associate about scheduling your examination today!

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