Back Pain Specialist

Nkrumah Neurosurgery & Spine

Louis J Nkrumah, MD, PhD

Neurosurgery located in Lake Success, NY

Back pain is a common cause of discomfort and most often develops from everyday activities like heavy lifting or standing for long periods of time. However, back pain may be a symptom of an underlying spinal condition that causes ongoing pain. When you have chronic back pain that fails to get relief from traditional care, Louis Nkrumah, MD, PhD, at Nkrumah Neurosurgery & Spine in Lake Success, New York, can help. The esteemed neurosurgeon specializes in diagnosing and treating back pain. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Back pain refers to any discomfort that affects your back. It may range from a dull aching sensation to a sharp pain that radiates into your legs. The pain may be acute, lasting from a few days to a few weeks, or chronic, lasting three or more months. 

When you have back pain, whether acute or chronic, that affects your daily routine, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nkrumah.

What are common causes of back pain?

Back pain has many causes. You may develop back pain if you have a job that requires heavy lifting or standing on your feet for long periods of time. Poor posture and lack of exercise may also cause back pain.

Your back pain may also be a symptom of an underlying problem that involves one or more of the components that make up your back, conditions such as:

  • Strains or sprains
  • Herniated disc
  • Nerve compression
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal column)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Degenerative scoliosis
  • Compression fractures
  • Spinal metastasis
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Sciatica

Finding the underlying cause of your back pain helps Dr. Nkrumah create the most effective treatment plan. 

What happens during a back pain evaluation?

When you visit Nkrumah Neurosurgery & Spine for a back pain evaluation, you can expect a patient-focused exam. Dr. Nkrumah takes a well-rounded, thoughtful, and personalized approach to patient care.

He reviews your medical and family history and your symptoms. He also asks about your daily activities and work life to identify activities or injuries that may trigger your pain. 

The experienced neurosurgeon examines your spine, testing for range of motion and looking for areas of pain, swelling, and redness. He may also perform imaging tests such as a CT scan or X-rays. 

For patients with chronic back pain who fail to get relief from medical interventions, Dr. Nkrumah assesses your overall health to determine if spine surgery makes the right choice for you. 

How is back pain treated?

Dr. Nkrumah creates individual treatment plans for back pain based on your diagnosis, severity of symptoms, medical history, and preferences. Initially, he may recommend medical interventions such as:

  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Activity modification 
  • Bracing
  • Spine injections

When medical treatments fail to provide significant relief from your back pain, Dr. Nkrumah talks to you about your surgical options. The neurosurgeon performs complex and minimally invasive spine surgery.

To schedule a back pain consultation, call Nkrumah Neurosurgery & Spine or book an appointment online today.