Back Pain Treatment
What is Back Pain?
Back pain is extremely common in society and can range from mid back pain all the way down to lower back pain. Back pain can also range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard for patients to move. Pain can start on its own or it could be a result of lifting something too heavy and it can continue to get worse.
What Causes Back Pain?
Poor physical fitness – patients who are in poor physical shape tend to have a higher incidence of back pain.
Obesity – patients that are obese tend to be in poor physical shape, leading to a higher incidence of back pain.
Heredity – back pain unfortunately with certain conditions tends to be hereditary, though not for all causes of back pain.
Smoking – Tobacco use degenerates the intervertebral discs, which can be a cause of back pain. Smoking slows down healing, leading to a greater chance that the back pain becomes chronic.
Occupation – Jobs that involve heavy lifting/twisting or bending have a higher chance of leading to back pain for the employees.
Back Pain Management
Back pain can be managed with anti-inflammatories, core building exercises and expectant management including avoiding heavy bending, lifting, and twisting. Typically, back pain lasts for 1-2 weeks or sometimes up to 6 to 12 weeks. If you are a patient experiencing severe pain, it is highly recommended to schedule a consultation at DFW Center for Spinal Disorders to discuss treatment options.
When To Call a Spine Specialist
We recommend seeking the assistance of a medical professional or spinal specialist when the pain fails to improve with light activities for a few days, or is associated with the following:
- Weakness in your legs
- Changes in your bowel/bladder
- Unintentional weight loss
Back Pain Treatment
Once we assess a patient, the doctor will treat them in the best manner that fits their specific issue. While surgery is sometimes a necessity, most of our patients do well with medication and/or a referral to physical therapy. Click Here for more back pain treatment options.
Patients with significant back pain that is causing pressure on either the nerve roots or the spinal canal may be suffering from spinal stenosis. In this case, we may recommend undergoing a series of epidural injections in which a licensed medical provider places steroid medications near the area where the nerves are compressed or irritated.
How Does Spinal Decompression Work?
Spinal Decompression Therapy involves stretching the spine, using a traction table or similar motorized device to help relieve back pain.
At DFW Center for Spinal Disorders, we offer patients decompressive spinal procedures such as laminectomy, discectomy, foraminotomy, among others.
Will I need an MRI?
In the event that the pain does not subside with anti-inflammatories, exercises, expectant management and if the pain is present for approximately 6-12 weeks, an MRI may be necessary.
How Can I Prevent a Back Injury?
To avoid a back injury or a new injury we advise avoiding heavy bending/lifting/twisting, losing weight, regular exercise and a healthy diet with stress minimization.