Back Pain Specialist

Marina Margolin, MD -  - Family Practice Physician

Universal Family Medicine

Marina Margolin, MD

Family Practice Physician located in Financial District, New York, NY

Back pain affects nearly everyone at some point, but that doesn’t mean you have to grit your teeth and deal with it. Dr. Marina Margolin and her team at Universal Family Medicine will evaluate and treat back pain or any other type of joint or muscle pain at their location in Downtown Manhattan, Financial District of Manhattan. To find relief from back pain, call your nearest New York City office or book an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical care and miss work. Most people experience pain in their back at least once throughout life. Pain may range from a dull ache to a sharp, stabbing sensation that leaves you unable to move. 

Back pain often lasts a short time and improves with home care, such as heat and ice packs or over-the-counter pain relievers. 

If you have back pain that worsens or doesn’t go away despite self-care, Dr. Margolin and her medical team can help. They pinpoint the underlying cause of your back pain and recommend the best available treatment so you can get back to your normal life. 

What causes back pain?

A variety of injuries and conditions can cause back pain. Back pain that occurs suddenly and lasts a short time (less than six weeks) is usually the result of a fall or heavy lifting. 

Back pain that develops slowly and without a clear cause may be a sign of an underlying medical condition. 

The highly-trained providers at Universal Family Medicine treat many causes of back pain, including:

  • Muscle strains and ligament sprains
  • Bulging or herniated discs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal stenosis, or a narrowing of the space around your spinal cord
  • Osteoporosis, which may lead to compression fractures in the spine
  • Skeletal irregularities like scoliosis

Back pain is sometimes, but rarely, due to a serious medical problem like cancer, infections, or kidney stones. 

How is back pain treated?

First, your providers at the medical office will carefully review your medical history and perform a physical exam. They ask you to describe the type, severity, and location of your back pain and ask if certain activities make it better or worse. 

The medical team may also take diagnostic tests, such as the Pinched Nerve Test (EMG, NCS)  or blood work, and send you for an X-ray or MRI. Then, they develop a personalized treatment plan to relieve your back pain. Depending on the cause of your pain, treatment may include:

  • Pain-relieving medications
  • Trigger point injections
  • Physical therapy

Just because back pain is common doesn’t mean you have to suffer through it. Call the friendly staff at Universal Family Medicine or book an appointment online today.