What happens during a back pain evaluation?
When you visit Nkrumah Neurosurgery & Spine for an evaluation, you can expect a patient-focused exam. Dr. Nkrumah takes a well-rounded, thoughtful, and personalized approach to patient care.
He reviews your medical and family history and your symptoms. He also asks about your daily activities and work life to identify activities or injuries that may trigger your pain.
Dr. Nkrumah examines your spine, testing for range of motion and looking for areas of pain, swelling, and redness. He may also perform imaging tests such as a CT scan or X-rays. For patients with chronic back pain who fail to get relief from medical interventions, Dr. Nkrumah assesses your overall health to determine if spine surgery makes sense for you.
How is back pain treated?
Dr. Nkrumah will create an individual treatment plan based on your diagnosis, severity of symptoms, medical history, and personal preferences. Initially, he may recommend non-surgical interventions such as:
- Physical therapy
- Activity modifcation
- Spine injections
If non-surgical treatments don’t relieve your back pain, Dr. Nkrumah will speak with you about complex or minimally invasive surgical options. Bearing in mind your goals and your lifestyle, he will tailor a personalized plan to your needs.
To schedule a back pain consultation, call Nkrumah Neurosurgery & Spine at (631) 525-1420 or request an appointment online today.