Back Pain Specialist

Dr. Milton Chávez

Family Medicine & Pain & Sports Medicine Specialists located in Wicker Park, Chicago, IL

Back pain affects eight out of every 10 adults at some point during their lives. For most people, back pain resolves on its own with at-home care. However, for others, back pain can persist. If you’re suffering from back pain that’s keeping you from your daily life, the compassionate team at Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC, including Dr. Chávez and Vanessa Flores, FNP, can develop a plan to help you get relief from your back pain. Call the office in Wicker Park, Chicago, today or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

You can develop back pain from many causes. Your pain may have developed due to a bad fall or poor body mechanics when picking up a heavy box. Back pain can also develop from an underlying health issue related to the components that make up your spine. 

Common causes of back pain include:

  • Strains and sprains
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal structural anomalies
  • Sciatica

You can also develop back pain from other health issues, such as an infection or kidney stones. 

What are common symptoms of back pain?

Back pain symptoms can vary greatly depending on the cause. For some, the pain may be a chronic dull ache, while others may experience severe shock-like pain when they try to move. 

While the type and severity of your pain may vary, if your back pain is affecting your quality of life or hasn’t improved despite your efforts at home, it’s time to contact the team at Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC. Dr. Chávez specializes in musculoskeletal conditions and can help you get the relief you need. 

What can I expect during a back pain evaluation?

You can expect a comprehensive evaluation from Dr. Chávez and his team when you come to the office looking for help for your back pain. During your evaluation, Dr. Chávez or nurse practitioner Flores reviews your symptoms and asks about the onset of your pain. They also discuss your medical history and conduct a physical exam.

To better understand the underlying cause of your back pain, the team may request diagnostic tests, such as blood work, X-rays, MRIs, or CT scans. 

How is back pain treated?

Dr. Chávez and his team create individualized plans for the management of back pain based on the underlying cause, the severity of your symptoms, and your overall health. Your treatment plan may first focus on conservative methods, such as:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Physical therapy

The procedural practice also offers in-office treatments that may help relieve your pain, such as steroid injections. Dr. Chávez and his team may also talk to you about medical marijuana to help bring relief from chronic pain and regenerative medicine to promote healing of any damaged tissue.

For a consultation with a team that offers many therapeutic options to help you get relief from your back pain, call Dr. Milton Chávez MD, SC or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment.