Back Pain Specialist

BCT Medical Associates

Pain and Perioperative Practice located in South Plainfield, NJ

Millions of Americans suffer from lower back pain at any given time, causing missed work and lost productivity. At BCT Medical Associates, Bao Chau Tran, MD, coordinates conservative therapies and pain relief techniques to help you feel better. It’s time to banish your back pain and reclaim your everyday function. If you live in the South Plainfield and surrounding central New Jersey area, get in touch with Dr. Tran online or by phone to schedule your first appointment.

Back Pain Q & A

Where Does Back Pain Come From?

The delicate structures in the spine and back are in charge of some of the most complex mechanics in the body. Any damage to the bones, ligaments, tissues, or nerves within those structures can cause back pain.

Specific conditions or situations can contribute to back pain, such as:

  • Excess weight
  • Acute or repetitive-use injury
  • Pulled muscle
  • Slipped disc
  • Arthritis
  • Postural or ergonomic problems
  • Kidney conditions

How Do I Relieve My Back Pain?

If your back pain is the result of an underlying cause, unraveling the mechanics and pathophysiology in order to create a treatment plan will provide significant relief. For example, if you have kidney disease, you might experience alleviation from your back pain after fixing your kidney troubles.

Daily physical activity also strengthens the back's supportive structures. Losing weight if you’re overweight provides pain relief by reducing the amount of extra pressure placed on your back. At home, you may also use hot and cold compresses and pain relievers for comfort.

Dr. Tran starts with conservative treatments first, which are often enough for reducing pain. He may suggest you try physical therapy, massage, chiropractic manipulations, or other therapies before moving on to injections or surgery. He can also provide postural and ergonomic guidance to support a healthy back.

Dr. Tran uses the above back pain treatments to prevent the need for back surgery, but when none of the other approaches help, Dr. Tran can help coordinate your spine surgery with trusted surgeons. Spine surgery is recommended only after we have exhausted all conservative therapies.

When Should I See A Doctor About My Back Pain?

If you already know the cause of your acute back pain, you can try at-home treatments first. If you experience back pain for longer than 2-4 weeks, you can always contact Dr. Tran to set up a consultation.

You should also make an appointment with Dr. Tran in the following situations:

  • Your back pain worsens or doesn’t improve
  • The pain is a direct result of an injury
  • Your symptoms change
  • The pain radiates down the legs or causes numbness
  • Your back pain is accompanied by unexplained weight loss
  • The pain is interfering with your livelihood

Back pain can also be the symptom of kidney disease. Make an appointment with your doctor if your back pain is accompanied by fever or bowel or bladder problems.

Find relief from your back pain by booking an appointment with Dr. Tran online or by phone.

What we offer

Pain Management Services