Back Pain Specialist

Downtown Spine & Sports

Sports Medicine Specialist & Physical Therapist located in New York, NY

Back pain can make it difficult to go about your usual activities. Luckily, it’s manageable. Whether you’re faced with a strained back muscle or ligament or a chronic condition, such as arthritis or osteoporosis, clinical experts at Downtown Spine & Sports in New York City are pleased to offer effective treatment options for minimizing back pain.

Back Pain Q&A

What causes lower back pain?

Common lower back pain causes include:

Herniated disc

A herniated disc happens when part of the gel-like center of one of the discs that cushion your spine migrates through the disc’s outer layers. It can come from normal wear and tear or injury, and causes pressure on surrounding structures, leading to pain and inflammation. If a herniated disk is left untreated, it can cause lasting disability.


Sciatica, the most common effect of a herniated disc, is pain that radiates down your lower back through your hips, buttock, and leg, along the path of the sciatic nerve. It happens when an injured disc pushes against the nerve, triggering shock-like pain. It usually only affects one side of your body, with the pain ranging in intensity.

Degenerative disc

Degenerative discs occur when the discs in your spine become dehydrated and deteriorate, making them more susceptible to injury. Disc deterioration can also come from natural wear and tear or arthritis. Regardless of the cause, this breakdown makes discs more prone to pain and injury.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis happens when the open spaces in your spine start to narrow. This places pressure on your spinal cord, resulting in pain between your neck and lower back. Some people are both with spinal stenosis, but it can also derive from arthritis, herniated discs, bone overgrowth and tumors.


The most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis and also known as “wear and tear” arthritis. The degenerative disease happens when cartilage surrounding your bones wears away, causing tendons and ligaments to stretch and, in severe cases, rubbing of bones against each other.

How does bad posture affect back pain?

Posture plays a key role in preventing back pain by keeping your spine aligned and stable. When you slouch frequently or for lengthy periods of time, ligaments and muscles in your back have to strain to keep you balanced. This strain can lead to painful symptoms, including back aches.

How is back pain treated?

A variety of treatments can help manage back pain, including pain medications, physical therapy, and in some severe cases, surgery. For herniated or degenerative disc pain, our DRX9000 machine may help. The noninvasive decompression treatment lengthens and stretches the spine to reduce pressure on affected nerve roots.


We accept the majority of PPO health insurance plans. Please call our office if you do not see yours listed or have any other questions.

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