Lower back pain affects more than 80% of Americans at some point in their lives. Don’t suffer. Seek treatment from the compassionate, experienced physicians at DRS Medical Associates, serving families and individuals who live in the area of Jersey City, New Jersey. Dr. Ray Santos and Dr. Ritu Sharma will consider, but also look beyond, the common causes of back pain to find the underlying issues in order to treat and correct the source of your pain.
In 97% of cases of low back pain, a mechanical issue is the source. This means your spinal joints, vertebrae, soft tissue, or discs are likely to blame. Inflammatory conditions, infections, fractures, and functional pain (from poor posture) are other less likely reasons for pain.
In the vast majority of cases, the problem is easily resolved and doesn’t result in major health issues.
The doctors will want to know if your pain came on suddenly or if it’s something you’ve had before or that you’ve had for a while. You’ll be asked if you experience pain at night or feel morning stiffness.
They’ll also review your sitting and exercise habits, history of any accidents, the severity of your pain, and whether your back pain is interfering with your ability to perform daily activities.
Dr. Santos and Dr. Sharma will check your muscle strength and reflexes. They’ll also look at your posture when standing and sitting and how you walk. It’s important to also look at your range of motion and determine what types of movement aggravate the pain.
The doctors may order an MRI or an X-ray and run blood tests, depending on the suspected cause of your back pain.
Treatment depends on the source of your back pain. Just two to three days of bed rest may be all you need to recover. Longer rest is not recommended as it can worsen your condition and cause stiffness and immobility. In most cases, the doctors will advise you to stay active, but avoid any movement that aggravates your pain.
In the case of a back injury, the application of heat, ice, massage, and ultrasound relieve the most severe symptoms when used within two weeks.
The doctors may recommend you wear a back brace or other spinal support device for a short period of time.
Exercise and weight loss promote a healthier back. If you’re in pain, aerobic exercise may help alleviate it, as will strengthening the muscles that support the spine. The doctors can give you advice as to the types of exercise that are safest and most beneficial.
At DRS Medical Associates, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
"Dr. Sharma was friendly, informative and straight forward when it came to health concerns. She took time to get all the medical history and shared a lot of knowledge."
"I have been to DRS several times and seen Dr Ritu. She is a very very good doctor who truly cares about her patients. "
"Not once did I feel rush and both doctors took their time to answer my questions. I didn't leave there thinking that they were pushing me into anything either. "
"I am so thankful for his passion and knowledge. He is officially our family doctor here in JC with a great location and hours!"
"I have been with Medical associates for the last 2 months and like them a lot. They respected my wishes and made sure I got the correct treatment."
"Our experience has been with Dr. Santos. He is a patient and kind physician who listens and provides compassionate feedback about childcare."
"Dr. Santos was great. He took the time to understand all my symptoms and any any history since I was a new patient. Did not feel rushed and felt very comfortable."
"I see Dr. Sharma and she has always been very patient in listening to my history and accurate with her diagnosis."
"Dr Sharma is really good doctor. She is thorough, very diligent, and takes her time to listen before arriving at a diagnosis. Highly recommend."
"Excellent doctors!!! Wonderful staff !!"
"The office is very clean, comfortable, and nicely decorated. I did not wait at all to be seen. Highly recommend this practice!"
"Greatest service! Best docs! Dr. Ritu & Dr. Ray are extremely friendly and patience. Highly recommended"
"I had a great experience with Dr. Sharma. I did not have to wait and she was very thorough. I have now found a doctor I love!!!"
"Dr. Ray cares about giving his patients quality service and attention. Highly recommended."
"Her bedside manner is awesome. She takes the time to explain things and answer questions and not trying to rush you out like other doctors."