Chronic headaches or back pain might prevent you from enjoying your favorite everyday activities, but you don’t have to suffer through it. Simple solutions are within reach at Rudy Juburi, MD, in Bryans Road, Maryland, and Alexandria, Virginia. Board-certified internal medicine physician Dr. Rudy Juburi and his team use innovative treatments to ease head and back pain for good. Call to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Headache and Back Pain Q & A

What are headaches and back pain?

Head and back pain is any discomfort near your head, neck, and upper or lower back. Symptoms include:

  • Pain on one or both sides of your head
  • Sharp or stabbing pain
  • Shooting pain
  • Throbbing pain
  • Dull, aching pain
  • Radiating pain from one point to another
  • Muscle aches

Head and back pain might last less than an hour or several days. It can come and go or be constant. It can either develop gradually or come on suddenly.

What causes headaches and back pain?

Numerous factors can lead to headaches or back pain. Examples include:

Back pain

  • Muscle or ligament strains
  • An automobile injury
  • Bulging or ruptured discs
  • Arthritis
  • Skeletal irregularities, such as scoliosis
  • Osteoporosis

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Headaches

  • Stress or tension
  • Dehydration
  • Genetic factors
  • Hormone fluctuations
  • A head injury
  • Alcohol
  • Skipping meals
  • Ear infections
  • Tumor

Dr. Juburi reviews your medical history and symptoms and completes a physical exam to find out what’s causing head or back pain. He might also order lab or imaging tests to make a diagnosis.

What is the treatment for headaches and back pain?

Numerous treatments help ease headaches or back pain. The right choice for you depends on what’s causing the pain and your preferences. Examples include:

Rest

Sometimes rest is all you need to recover from a head or back injury. Rest might be the first option before trying additional therapies or treatments.

Cold or heat therapy

Dr. Juburi might recommend heat or ice therapy to ease head and neck pain, especially pain from injuries.

Natural remedies

You might prefer natural remedies instead of pain medications that can be addictive. Examples of alternative treatments for pain include physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), which reduces pain using electrical impulses.

Over-the-counter pain relievers

Over-the-counter pain medicines ease head and neck pain while an injury heals. But if pain doesn’t improve or gets worse over time, you might require additional treatments.

Prescription medications

Prescription muscle relaxants or pain medications are often a last resort to ease back pain if other treatments fail. If the pain persists, however, Dr. Juburi might refer you to a surgeon.

Don’t let severe headaches or back pain slow you down. Call Rudy Juburi, MD for an appointment, book online, or just walk in today.