Dr. Wei is retiring and will be closing his office on August 15, 2022. Therefore, he is not accepting new patients at this time.
It was a pleasure and honor to help all of his previous patients with their healthcare needs.

Back Pain

Frank Y. Wei, MD -  - Physical Medicine

Frank Y. Wei, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation located in the greater Minneapolis area in Edina

Whether it started yesterday or you can’t even remember a time when your back didn’t hurt, it’s important to take back pain seriously. At Frank Y. Wei, M.D., PLLC, in the greater Minneapolis area in Edina, you can find answers and rapid pain relief using nonsurgical solutions with little-to-no downtime. Frank Wei, MD, is an expert board-certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation physician who treats the whole patient, ensuring true relief and maximum wellness. Call the office or book a consultation online now.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

There are countless potential causes of back pain, but Dr. Wei uses state-of-the-art diagnostics to find the origin of your pain for ideal pain relief. Some common causes include:

Lumbar strain

A lumbar strain commonly arises when you're in an auto accident, an on-the-job accident, or any type of situation where you lift, bend, twist, or strain your back in any way. Lumbar strains affect your low back muscles and/or ligaments, causing pain ranging from mild to quite serious. Usually, this type of pain resolves on its own but it can become chronic if you don't get treatment.

Herniated disc

A herniated disc means one of your lumbar discs is badly damaged and is now weakened and bulging. This can happen from trauma, but it may also occur just from daily wear and tear or arthritis and age-related degeneration. If you have a herniated disc, the pain can be very sharp and may radiate down into your buttocks and legs. 

Spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which your spinal canal becomes too narrow or tight. It can happen as a result of age-related degeneration, a herniated disc, a birth condition, arthritis, or other problems. Spinal stenosis symptoms may include low back pain that's most pronounced when you're standing or walking, buttock or leg numbness, leg weakness, and difficulty maintaining your balance. 

Some other possible causes of back pain, among many others, include skeletal irregularities, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, and nerve damage.

What is the difference between acute and chronic back pain?

The primary difference is the time frame. Acute back pain is any back pain that persists for up to six weeks, while chronic back pain continues for more than three months. 

Both types of pain can be quite difficult to cope with. Your acute pain could potentially turn into chronic back pain if you don't get the right care now.

How do you treat low back pain?

Dr. Wei has unique experience as a physical medicine and rehabilitation provider, which helps him design a specialized recovery plan for you. At Frank Y. Wei, M.D., PLLC, your treatment may include:

  • Customized physical therapy and exercises
  • Medication
  • Epidural, facet joint, selective nerve root, sacroiliac, or hip injections
  • Assistive devices, like a back brace
  • Moist heat therapy 
  • Cryotherapy (cold therapy)
  • Biofeedback
  • Electrotherapy
  • Dietary changes

Often, a combination approach works best for low back pain. Dr. Wei works closely with you to find noninvasive and minimally invasive solutions to help you get back to living without pain. 

Book your appointment online, or call Frank Y. Wei, M.D., PLLC, for back pain help now.





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