Back Pain

Your back pain has finally caught up with you and you’re struggling to reverse the damage. However, our non-invasive treatments may be

the answer you’ve been looking for. We have helped many patients throughout Texas avoid back surgery that requires weeks of bed rest and long periods of physical therapy.

An estimated 80% of the Americans will experience back pain at least once in their life. Back pain is also the primary reason and cause for missed work days and the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office. We often take advantage of the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves that construct our back – but it is an important part of the body that needs to be taken care of – basic functions like sleeping, sitting, standing and walking would not be the same without a healthy and happy back.

What is Back Pain?

When searching for help with back pain, it is best to start by taking a full inventory of your symptoms. Many different irritations and inflammations fall under the category of back pain. However, each one has its own set of likely causes. Narrowing down your symptoms to the regions where they occur and the sensations you feel will give our team plenty to work with as they head into the testing and diagnosis phase.

Common Back Pain Symptoms

Back pain is a common symptom of everything from the flu to birth defects. However, this irritation can take the form of symptoms such as:

  • Muscle ache or soreness
  • Shooting or stabbing pain
  • Pain that extends down to the leg(s)
  • Limited mobility
  • Limited flexibility

Common Back Pain Causes

For some patients, there is no clear cause behind their symptoms. Others have a definite issue that we can pick up on with proper testing. Some spinal abnormalities may require immediate treatment, such as advanced cauda equine syndrome. Other causes that respond well to more conservative care include:

  • Arthritis/osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease (DDD)
  • Facet joint syndrome
  • Muscle or ligament strain
  • Nerve compression or a herniated disc
  • Overuse/wear and tear activities

Back Pain Risks

The actions you are taking right now might be putting you at risk for back pain in the future. Many of these risk factors also irritate back issues further to cause more pain. Try eliminating bad habits like:

  • Poor posture, especially when seated
  • Pushing yourself too hard when exercising, playing sports, or doing physical labor
  • Lifting heavy boxes or unbalanced loads
  • Lifting with your back instead of your legs
  • A sedentary lifestyle that allows the major back muscles to weaken
  • Untreated depression or anxiety

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