Back Pain Specialist

Jeffrey Miller, MD -  - Rheumatology Specialist

Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Center of Tampa Bay

Jeffrey Miller, MD

Rheumatology Specialist & Internal Medicine Specialist located in Tampa, FL

Virtually everyone will experience some form of back pain in their lives, but for some, the condition can be incredibly disruptive. For those in and around Tampa, Florida, the care of Jeffrey Miller, MD, at Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Center of Tampa Bay can lead to lasting relief for back pain. Online scheduling is available, or you’re always welcome to call or stop by the office to book your visit.

Back Pain Q&A

What are some common causes of back pain?

Many different things can cause back pain, and it isn’t always easy to determine the source of discomfort. Back pain can be constant or intermittent, dull or sharp, and it can change from one day to the next. 

Your back is a complex network of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues. A problem with any of these components can lead to serious pain. When you consider the nearly constant motion your back endures every day and the strain placed upon these structures, it’s surprising that back pain isn’t even more common. 

Some potential causes of back pain include:

  • Traumatic injury
  • Improper lifting techniques
  • Disc damage
  • Muscle strain or spasm
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney issues
  • Poor posture

These are just some of the issues that can lead to back pain. The path toward relief begins with an accurate diagnosis. 

What is ankylosing spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of inflammatory disease that can eventually cause some of the bones in your spine to fuse together. While researchers aren’t clear on the exact cause of ankylosing spondylitis, it appears there is a genetic component. 

Hip, neck, and lower back pain are early symptoms of the condition. Over time, new bone tissue forms and fuses sections of vertebrae together. Your vertebrae can grow thinner, making that tissue more likely to fracture. Ankylosing spondylitis can even cause problems with your heart and eye health. 

What are some treatments for back pain? 

The first step in crafting a treatment plan is determining the source of your back pain. Dr. Miller uses state-of-the-art diagnostic technology to evaluate symptoms. 

Far too many men and women accept back pain as an inevitable part of growing older. Allowing back pain to continue can keep you from getting the exercise and fresh air you need to thrive, and can cause a cascade of negative health effects. 

If you’re suffering from ongoing back pain, call Osteoporosis and Rheumatology Center of Tampa Bay today to book a visit. Online scheduling is also an option, and can be done any time of day or night.