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Back Pain

Jon Van Der Veer, DO -  - Internal Medicine

Exemplar Care

Jon Van Der Veer, DO

Internal Medicine located in West Des Moines, IA

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention. At Exemplar Care in Des Moines, Iowa, skilled internal medicine physician Jon Van Der Veer, DO, understands how disruptive back pain can be. He focuses on treating your existing pain and preventing a worsening of your condition. Dr. Van Der Veer provides supervised medication therapy, referrals to physical therapy, and follow-up consultations conveniently through text and FaceTime. Learn more about your options for relieving back pain by calling Exemplar Care or requesting a consultation online now.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain can be the result of an injury or an underlying medical condition. Acute back pain is pain that lasts no longer than six weeks and is often caused by muscle strains. Chronic back pain typically affects you for six months or more and may be due to:

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Herniated disc
  • Nerve compression

You may also be at increased risk for developing chronic back pain as you get older or if you live an inactive lifestyle.

How is back pain diagnosed?

If you have unexplained back pain, Dr. Van Der Veer takes the time to understand its root cause. He evaluates your medical history and your usual activities to identify possible reasons for your pain.

Dr. Van Der Veer examines the area of pain and may request X-rays of your back to check for areas of disc degeneration or nerve compression.

To rule out infection or other underlying medical issues, Dr. Van Der Veer may take blood samples for further testing.

What treatments are available for back pain?

Your treatment for back pain is based on its severity and the root cause of your condition. If back pain relates to other medical issues, Dr. Van Der Veer customizes treatment to address the condition. By treating your underlying condition, he can help you find relief from pain.

If you have acute back pain due to a sports-related or other injury, you may benefit from over-the-counter or prescription medications. Dr. Van Der Veer also offers referrals for other therapeutic services, including chiropractic care and physical therapy.

When chronic back pain results from a degenerative disease, like arthritis or osteoporosis, Dr. Van Der Veer creates a long-term treatment plan to keep your pain well-managed and slow the progression of the disease. He may recommend dietary changes and a good exercise program to ease pain, strengthen your core, and help you maintain a healthy weight. 

Through routine follow ups, both in-office and through text, FaceTime, and other technology, Dr. Van Der Veer ensures your pain is well-controlled and your quality of life improves.

You don’t have to be limited by chronic back pain. Schedule a diagnostic evaluation with Dr. Van Der Veer today using the convenient online booking feature or by calling Exemplar Care.