Back and spine pain
Back pain from injury or disease has the unfortunate power to reduce your overall quality of life. Orthopedic and Spine Specialists focus on the task of ensuring complete back and spine health so that patients can stay active, strong, and mobile throughout their lifetimes. Their expertise in a multidisciplinary approach to spine care at Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic and Spine Hospital – Arlington ensures the best in patient-centered treatments ranging from physical therapy or pain management options to spinal injections or minimally invasive back surgery.
What’s causing your back pain?
Most common painful back and spine conditions start with an accident or sports injury that damages nerves in the spinal cord, back muscles, vertebrae or joints. Other cases stem from genetic conditions, arthritis, infections or tumors on the spinal column.
The causes for back stiffness, discomfort or serious disability vary widely. Some common back and spine disorders include:
- Sciatica (radiculopathy)
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Herniated Disc
- Spinal Stenosis
- Spinal Fracture
- Spinal Tumors
- Spinal Infections
Risk factors for developing back problems
All sorts of risk factors – age, nutrition, fitness level and obesity — affect the likelihood of developing back or spine problems. These tips from the North American Spine Society show how healthy choices about exercise and nutrition may prevent back problems and other spine disorders. Some level of back pain may seem like a natural part of aging. Fortunately, the impact can be minimized or eliminated, because your orthopedic spine specialist will offer effective treatment options tailored just for you.
Advanced diagnostic technology for back pain
Orthopedic hospitals with dedicated spine care facilities like Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic and Spine Hospital – Arlington benefit from the latest in diagnostic tools to start your treatment process off right. If you complain of back pain or other spinal disability, your orthopedic doctor will start with a complete physical exam, medical history and testing. He or she will use diagnostic tools such as CT scans, MRIs, fluoroscopy, X-ray, arthrograms and myelograms to look inside the spinal column and pinpoint irregularities in the bone or soft tissue. Most of these tests are simple, while others may require some preparation or a minimally invasive procedure such as injection or spinal tap.
Your next steps to stop back pain
To diagnose the cause of your back pain or other spine disorder, call 1.855.41.ORTHO and schedule a complete assessment with one of the spine care physicians at Baylor Scott & White – Arlington. Each member of the spine team is highly experienced in diagnosing and successfully treating back pain. Once your spine specialist determines the problem behind your back pain, all treatment options will be discussed in detail. Many factors can influence whether your case calls for surgical or non-surgical procedures. Talk to your orthopedic spine surgeon about which options will best fit your situation.
Watch this before your spine surgery
The spine team created the following video especially for patients undergoing spinal surgery. Please take time to carefully view the video before your scheduled surgery.