Do you have back pain but don’t want to see a doctor where you live because you’re heading south for the winter months? Not to worry. Whether you’re a “snow bird” or you happen to live in Pembroke Pines, FL, if you’re suffering from back pain, you can find relief at Berkower Pain & Spine Rehabilitation.
Back pain, especially lower back pain, is more common than you might think. About 80 percent of adults experience lower back pain during their lives. Dr. David Berkower is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. He works with his patients, both seasonal and full-time residents, to relieve their back pain and restore their quality of life.
Dr. Berkower is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and has received subspecialty certification in pain medicine. He focuses on non-surgical techniques to treat patients with both chronic and acute pain. Is your back pain becoming unbearable? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Berkower.
There are many causes of back pain. The most common are:
Physical medicine, also referred to as physiatry or rehabilitation medicine, strives to restore function and quality of life to those with many different kinds of pain. However, unlike traditional medicine, the practitioner’s goal is not to find a cure for the problem but instead to relieve pain and to improve patients’ quality of life.
Physiatrists take a “holistic” approach to patient care and regard patients as integral parts of the healing process.
Dr. Berkower works on you as a whole person, not just on your symptoms. He uses a variety of treatments to help you conquer the pain and prescribes injections and medications for immediate pain relief. For example, he may do a sympathetic nerve block in your back to lessen your pain so you can tolerate other treatments.
Some common medications include:
Dr. Berkower also prescribes a number of physical therapy exercises and some lifestyle modifications that retrain your movement patterns and help prevent acute pain from becoming chronic.
Exercises may include strengthening and dynamic stabilization, both of which support the muscles that hold up your back.
If you’re tired of dealing with your back pain, call our office at 954-430-9972 or use our online booking tool to schedule an appointment. We’re happy to see you, no matter where you hail from.