Back Pain


 

BACK PAIN

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When you have back pain, it can hinder your daily activities and change your overall sense of well-being. The neurological specialists at Spinetech, located in Beaumont, Conroe, Nederland, and Houston, Texas, have extensive combined experience in treating the many causes of back pain. They offer up-to-date surgical and nonsurgical treatment options to help you find relief and get back to your favorite activities. For an appointment, call or book online with one of their offices today.

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WHAT IS BACK PAIN?

Back pain is one of the most common causes of disability worldwide. Back pain is a general term that refers to pain anywhere along the spinal column, from the base of the skull to the tailbone. It may include pain in the neck, upper, middle, and lower back.

The spinal column protects the spinal cord, from which nerves extend to the entire body. This is why back injury may cause referred pain to other areas of the body, causing problems like hip pain and limb pain. It may also affect your mobility and organ function.

What are the symptoms of back pain?

Back pain can vary widely from person to person. Your symptoms depend on the root cause of your pain and the type of injury you may have.

Symptoms of back injury include:

  • Dull, sharp, or aching pain
  • Numbness or tingling in extremities
  • Shooting pain into the buttocks, hips, or down the leg
  • Localized or generalized back pain
  • Stiffness and pain with movement or prolonged standing

Depending on the cause of your back pain, symptoms may extend into the hips, buttocks, shoulders, limbs, and head.

WHAT CAUSES BACK PAIN?

There are many possible underlying causes for your back pain, and pinpointing the source can be difficult. Obesity, age, and improper body mechanics can all contribute to a higher risk for back injury and back pain.

Possible causes include:

  • Overwork or strain
  • Traumatic injury
  • Bone fractures or ligament tears
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Bulging or herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc or disc injury
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal deformities

Proper diagnosis is important for effective treatment and long-term pain relief.

HOW IS BACK PAIN DIAGNOSED?

X-ray, blood testing, nerve studies, and ultrasound also help to properly diagnose your discomfort.

The team at Spinetech utilizes advanced diagnostic imaging to determine the cause of your back pain, including:

  • Computerized tomography (CT)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Vertebral mobility analysis
  • Electromyography

WHAT TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE FOR BACK PAIN?

The physicians at Spinetech begin with nonsurgical, conservative treatments, and resort to surgery only when necessary.

Nonsurgical treatments include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medications
  • Therapeutic injections
  • Heat and cold therapy

Surgical options include:

  • Spinal decompression
  • Laminectomy
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Discectomy or spinal fusion

 

The goal of treatment is to provide relief of your pain and improve your function and mobility.
For a consultation regarding your back pain, call or book an appointment online with Spinetech.

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