Sujatha Borra, M.D.

General Neurologist located in Tampa, FL & Wesley Chapel, FL

Back pain is the most common cause of pain, but neck pain is also in the top three, and neuropathy, or pain due to a nerve problem, isn’t far behind. As an experienced neurologist, Dr. Sujatha Borra has extensive experience diagnosing and treating all causes of pain, including pain in your lower back, neck, and nerves. Don’t continue to suffer through your day with pain. Call the office in Tampa, Florida.

Pain Q & A

What causes lower back pain?

Your lower back supports your upper body weight while constantly bending and turning, making it susceptible to injuries and degenerative changes. If you sit for a long time, carry extra weight, or you frequently lift heavy objects, your risk for developing a painful back problem increases.

The most common causes of lower back pain include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Herniated disc
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Compression fracture
  • Disc degeneration
  • Slipped disc
  • Narrowing of the spinal canal
  • Compressed nerves

What is sciatica?

Sciatica refers to pain along the sciatic nerve, which leaves the base of your spine and travels through each side of your buttocks and down each leg. When the sciatic nerve is pinched at the spine, it can cause pain in your lower back, hips and legs, as well as numbness or tingling that radiates along the length of the nerve.

What causes neck pain?

Your neck consists of seven small cervical vertebrae that support the weight of your head, making it vulnerable to damage from accidents, athletic activities, and repetitive movement.

A few of the most common causes of neck pain include:

  • Whiplash
  • Arthritis
  • Disc herniation or degeneration
  • Cervical fracture
  • Radiculopathy

Radiculopathy occurs when a nerve is pinched as it branches away from your cervical spine (neck.) As a result, you may experience pain that radiates into your shoulder and arms, as well as tingling, numbness, or muscle weakness in the affected arm.

What is neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a general term referring to any type of injury or disease in your nerves. Sharp or burning pain, tingling, and numbness are common symptoms of neuropathy, but your symptoms depend on the nerves that are damaged:

  • Proximal neuropathy: affects your shoulders, thighs, hips, or buttocks
  • Peripheral neuropathy: most often affects your toes, feet, legs, arms, hands, and fingers
  • Diabetic neuropathy: commonly affects your feet and eyes, and diabetes causes 30% of all peripheral neuropathies
  • Autonomic neuropathy: affects nerves controlling your digestive tract, heart, bowel, and bladder

What causes neuropathy?

Since neuropathy has many causes, Dr. Borra performs a thorough examination and diagnostic testing, as necessary, to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms. These are only a few possible causes of neuropathy:

  • Autoimmune disease
  • Metabolic and endocrine disorders
  • Chronic kidney or liver disease
  • Infections
  • Medications

If you suffer from ongoing pain, call Dr. Borra or book an appointment online, so you can get to the cause of the problem and start on the road to recovery.