Back Pain Specialist

Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics -  - Orthopedics

Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics

Orthopedics & Sports Medicine located in Nashville, TN & Franklin, TN

Back pain can seriously limit your everyday life. However, you may be able to reduce your back pain with the right treatment plan. With four locations in Nashville and one in Franklin, Tennessee, the spine doctors at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics specialize in personalized treatments to alleviate your back pain. Call the office or book an appointment online today with an Elite back specialist.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain can have several causes. You could have short-term or acute back pain after an accident, a sports injury, or some other type of injury. Long-term (or chronic) back pain lasts for a minimum of three months.

Common causes of chronic back pain include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Age-related spinal degeneration
  • Scoliosis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Herniated disc

Acute and chronic back pain usually respond well to noninvasive therapy.

What other symptoms does back pain cause?

Back pain often leads to other physical problems like reduced range-of-motion, pain in the lower body, extreme stiffness, and back spasms. Without treatment, these symptoms may worsen. 

How can I prevent back pain?

You can do a few things to prevent back pain or reduce your risk of injury. Start by practicing good posture with your spine straight and your shoulders back.

Include a regular exercise program with strength training to improve your score, but don’t overdo it. When lifting heavy loads, center yourself well and lift with your legs instead of with your back.

What are treatments for back pain?

Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics offers a variety of back pain treatments customized for your situation. Most causes of back pain improve with conservative treatments, which could include physical therapy, activity modification, anti-inflammatory medication, and hot and cold compresses.

For persistent back pain, you might benefit from epidural steroid injections that deliver a potent anti-inflammatory directly to the source of your pain. If your condition hasn’t improved after several months,  you may need to consider surgical options.

What type of surgery might I need for back pain?

The surgery required to treat your back pain varies according to the cause of your pain and its severity. Some of the surgeries the Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics team specializes in include:

  • Laminectomy
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Artificial disc replacement (cervical spine only)
  • ACDF (anterior cervical discectomy and fusion)   
  • ALIF (anterior lumbar interbody fusion)    
  • OLIF (oblique lumbar interbody fusion)
  • LLIF (lateral lumbar interbody fusion)
  • PSIF (posterior spinal instrumented fusion)

The spine surgeons at Elite Sports Medicine + Orthopedics perform back surgery using minimally invasive techniques wherever possible to minimize your discomfort and help you recover more quickly.

To learn more about treatments for back pain, use online booking or call to schedule your appointment today.

Our Back Pain Specialists

Dr. Glattes


Dr. Colin Crosby