Back Pain Treatment
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?
Some genetic and environmental factors that can lead to back pain include:
- Poor physical fitness – Patients who are in poor physical shape tend to have a higher chance of back pain.
- Obesity – If a patient is overweight or tends to be in poor physical health, they may be at a higher risk of back pain.
- Heredity -With certain conditions, back pain, unfortunately, tends to be hereditary, though not for all causes.
- 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 back pain can become chronic.
- Occupation – Jobs that involve heavy lifting, bending or twisting have a higher chance of leading to back pain for the employees.
Back Pain Management Techniques
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.
Signs It’s Time To See 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.
Another possible treatment for back pain is spinal decompression therapy. 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.
When Is Back Surgery Necessary?
If the patients back pain has been present for 6-12 weeks and the use of anti-inflammatories and/or exercise does not help to reduce the pain, the doctor may suggest getting an MRI. From the results of the MRI, the doctor will be able to determine if the patient will require surgery.
Generally speaking, most back pain issues can be solved by non-surgical means. But, there may come a time when surgery becomes a necessity. Non-Surgical treatments may not always work for back pain management. Sometimes, patients are suffering from a compressed or pinched nerve, while others may be suffering from a herniated disc that presses on an adjacent nerve. In either of those cases, getting back surgery may be the best option to relieve the pain.
How Can I Prevent a Back Injury?
To avoid a back injury or cause a new injury to occur, we advise:
- A healthy diet
- Minimizing stress
- Regular exercise
- Avoiding heavy lifting, bending and twisting