Premier Care Clinics
Robert DiMasi, DO
Family Medicine located in Oldsmar, FL
Americans experience more incidents of chronic pain than heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined. Dr. Robert DiMasi tackles neck and back pain with a multifaceted approach at Premier Care Clinics in Oldsmar, Florida. With medication, physical therapies, and self-care, he can lessen this pervasive problem. Contact the clinic by calling or using the online scheduling system to make an appointment.
Neck and Back Pain Q & A
How do you characterize pain?
Everyone’s experience with pain is different, but a few key terms provide valuable information about what you’re feeling. Dr. DiMasi asks a variety of questions about the duration, location, severity, and type of pain you’re experiencing, whether it’s:
- Acute or chronic
- Consistent or intermittent
- Localized or radiating
- Severe or mild
- Sharp/shooting or dull/achy
What causes neck and back pain?
The spine has an intricate structure of vertebrae, discs, nerves and other components that extend from the base of the skull to the lower back.
Traumatic injury, natural wear and tear, repetitive strain, and disease all impact the spine and cause pain. Common sources of back and neck pain include:
- Muscle strain or sprain
- Herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
When should I see a doctor for back or neck pain?
Many instances of back and neck pain go away on their own after a few days of rest and self-care. However, you should consider seeing a doctor right away in the following situations:
- Back or neck pain from an accident or fall
- Back or neck pain lingering more than a few days
- Pain changing or worsening
- Pain making it difficult to walk or handle daily activities
How do you treat back and neck pain?
After Dr. DiMasi learns more about your back or neck pain from you, your medical history, and his exam, he customizes a treatment plan.
Acute cases of back or neck pain usually require rest and self-care. If conservative treatments don’t help, he may graduate to more progressive strategies such as prescription medication and injections.
Ice, rest, and over-the-counter pain medication lessen the pain for most people with back or neck pain. As you gradually build more mobility, you can add light movement to loosen your muscles.
Dr. DiMasi may have you try certain stretches and strengthening exercises to increase the range of motion and strength. He can also provide a referral to a physical therapist for more involved treatment.
If conservative treatments don’t provide enough relief, Dr. DiMasi may suggest injections, prescription medication, or supportive braces to help you heal.
If all other therapies fail to bring you relief, Dr. DiMasi may refer you to a specialist for surgery. If you have concerns about your back or neck pain, contact Premier Care Clinics in Oldsmar, Florida, online or over the phone.