New York Back Pain


At Queens Crossing Neurosurgery, Dr. Harrison Mu is well-poised to offer effective New York back pain treatment. We follow an individualized and personal, hands-on approach to treating back pain and other disorders that compromise the well-being of people. General back pain is an issue that millions of people across the globe are facing. Despite its commonality, general back pain can be a complex condition to manage. There are a myriad of causes of back pain – from muscular trauma to nerve problems.

Are you experiencing general back pain? You may have tried to alleviate back pain with medication and exercise like most people. But there are complex cases in which people require neurological surgery to treat the issue. When this happens, patients should approach Dr. Harrison Mu at Queens Crossing Neurosurgery for locating the cause of discomfort and finding a long-term solution.

When to See a Doctor for General Back Pain

Acute back pain can occur suddenly, but in most cases, goes away in a few weeks. But if the pain stays for more than three months, it is most likely that the pain is chronic.

It is important for patients to understand that the severity of the pain does not correspond to the degree of injury suffered by them. For example, spasms in the back muscles can incapacitate patients, while a herniated disc may only cause a moderate amount of pain. No matter what, it’s always smart to approach a professional to address the issue.

Finding the Correct Professionals for your Pain

You should visit us at Queens Crossing Neurosurgery if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Sudden, ceaseless and debilitating back pain.
  • Back pain after suffering an injury.
  • Aches that spread into legs and/or arms.
  • Numbness, weakness or tingling sensations in the legs and/or arms.
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in the genital area or buttocks.
  • Bladder or bowel dysfunction.
  • Back pain accompanied by fever.
  • Difficulty walking

What Causes Back Pain?

Certain injuries such as muscle strain and accidents, obesity, and leading a sedentary lifestyle can contribute significantly to general back pain. Some bone diseases (like osteoporosis), degenerative spine disorders, and metastatic cancer can also lead to stiffness and pain in the back area. The common condition associated with general back pain include the following:

  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal osteoarthritis (spondylosis)
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Vertebral compression fracture
  • Spinal instability
  • Bone spurs (osteophytes)

At Queens Crossing Neurosurgery, Dr. Harrison Mu can treat all the above causes of general back pain and restore the well-being and quality of your life.

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How is General Back Pain Diagnosed?

Dr. Harrison Mu follows a definitive diagnostic process to provide patients with New York back pain treatment for fast relief. When you arrive in the offices of Queens Crossing Neurosurgery, Dr. Harrison Mu begins a thorough evaluation of your back and collects detailed information about your current symptoms. A scale from 0 to 10 (“0” being “no pain” and “10” being “excruciating pain’) helps in rating how the pain is affecting you. A complete physical examination will be performed. This may include a range of motions like sitting, standing, walking, and leg-lifting. These aid in characterizing your symptoms and signs and determining the severity. Your diagnostic tests will be carefully reviewed and explained. In some cases, he may suggest additional tests. These can include:

Blood tests
If the cause of pain is a suspected infection, Dr. Harrison Mu may request a blood test to check for the presence of specific infection indicators. This helps him in recommending appropriate treatments or further evaluations.

Dr. Harrison Mu prescribes imaging tests like MRI scans, X-rays, and CT scans to get invaluable information to identify the real cause of pain. These tests help in uncovering herniated discs and issues related to muscles, bones, ligaments, and nerves.

Nerve studies
Nerve studies are conducted to measure the electrical impulses that your nerves create, along with how your muscles are responding to stimuli. The results derived from these tests can help in confirming if there is a nerve compression and where the compression is occurring.

Bone scans
Some abnormality in bones can also lead to general back pain. Bones scans can help in characterizing if these issues exist and determining their locations.

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What Treatment Options are Available?

As a back pain specialist New York trusts, Dr. Harrison Mu believes in providing personalized treatment options to patients suffering from general back pain in New York City. Here are different treatment options that may be recommended:

Medications: over-the-counter painkillers, topical pain relievers, and muscle relaxants all prove extremely effective in increasing your comfort and restoring your quality of life.

Physical therapy and Non-surgical management: Dr. Harrison Mu may also recommend conservative nonsurgical treatments. These include physical therapy and acupuncture. Physical exercises and therapies like ultrasound, heat, and electrical stimulation can also reduce pain, increase flexibility, and strengthen the areas of concern.

Surgery: It is our firm belief that most back pain can be treated non-intrusively without surgeries. But some may require surgical intervention to alleviate symptoms. In some instances, minimally invasive techniques may be considered. You can find all of them here.

If you are struggling with general back pain, you should approach us at Queens Crossing Neurosurgery today and find a lasting solution.