Back Pain Specialist

From Pain To Wellness, LLC

Pain Treatment Centers & Palliative Care located in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

If you suffer from back pain, know that you're not alone. Researchers estimate that 8 in 10 Americans experience back pain at least once during their lifetime. At From Pain To Wellness LLC, James Gruft, MD, FAAPMR, DABPM and Stacie Wharton, PA, and the team provide integrative treatments for back pain, including manual physical therapy and comprehensive medication management. To schedule an appointment at the practice in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, call to speak with a member of the administrative staff or book online.

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Back pain refers to any aching, stiffness, or general discomfort that affects the spine. Sometimes it occurs due to general wear-and-tear; other times, it’s due to an underlying health problem or injury. 

Back pain affects everyone differently. For some, it’s a dull ache that subsides with rest and over-the-counter medication. For others, it’s near-constant, making it difficult to work, exercise, or perform other routine functions.

What causes back pain?

Common causes of back pain include:

  • Strained muscles
  • Herniated discs
  • Overuse injuries
  • Automobile accidents
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Skeletal abnormalities
  • Kidney infection
  • Spinal stenosis

When does back pain become chronic?

Most cases of back pain resolve within a day or two on their own. If your symptoms don’t improve within two to three months make an appointment at From Pain To Wellness LLC.

How is back pain diagnosed?

To diagnose back pain, the team at From Pain To Wellness LLC reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and conducts a comprehensive exam. During the exam, your provider assesses your ability to stand and walk, your spine’s range of motion, and your reflexes. 

If these measures don’t provide enough insight to make a diagnosis, the team might recommend diagnostic imaging or laboratory tests, including:

  • Blood or urine analysis
  • X-rays
  • Computed tomography (CT) scans
  • Bone scans
  • Nerve conduction study (electromyography)
  • MRI

After pinpointing the underlying cause of your symptoms, the team develops a custom treatment plan to align with your needs.

How is back pain treated?

At From Pain To Wellness LLC, the team treats back pain using a combination of manual physical therapy, healthy lifestyle changes, holistic treatments, and comprehensive medication management. 

To receive treatment for back pain, request an appointment at From Pain To Wellness LLC. Call to speak with an administrative staff member, or click the online booking tool.