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If you’re experiencing pain due to medical conditions affecting your spine, it is important to seek an accurate diagnosis from a top spine specialist. At Gottlieb Spine, our doctors are well-versed in spinal conditions and equipped with knowledge of the latest techniques, both surgical and non-surgical, for effectively addressing the root cause of your back, neck, and sciatic pain. Call us to schedule a consultation today.

What Are Some Common Spine Conditions?

Your spine is a complex structure consisting of various parts, each susceptible to injury and disease. Notably, your neck, the most flexible portion of your spine, experiences distinct stresses compared to your lower back, which bears the majority of your weight. To identify the cause of your pain and symptoms, Dr. Gottlieb will perform a physical examination and any necessary diagnostic tests. Some common spinal conditions include:

Neck Pain

Neck Pain

Chronic neck pain impacts 30 to 50 percent of American adults yearly. It significantly hampers your quality of life by restricting comfortable head movements. Stemming from deformities, abnormalities, diseases, or injuries, pain in the neck can also extend to the arms and legs. If left untreated, neck pain adversely affects your wellbeing.

The more severe causes of neck pain involve injuries and degenerative medical conditions. These causes frequently necessitate a doctor’s intervention for a complete recovery. Common causes of neck pain include:

Neck Pain

Back Pain

Back pain is a common complaint that affects people of all ages. Nearly nine out of ten Americans experience back pain at some point in their lives. For those under 40, back pain is the leading cause of missed work and immobility. In fact, back pain disables roughly two percent of the American workforce at any given time.

The delicate nature of the spine and its central function make your back prone to various injuries and degenerative conditions. These spine conditions can cause back pain, among other symptoms.

Neck Pain

Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain can range from mild and intermittent to severe and constant and may be accompanied by other symptoms like stiffness, weakness, or numbness. People of all ages and backgrounds can be affected by lower back pain for a variety of reasons.

Because lower back pain can have so many causes, it’s crucial to identify the underlying cause for the most effective treatment. Some common causes include:

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How Do I Know My Spine Condition Needs Surgery?

Dr. Gottlieb does not typically recommend surgery as the first line of treatment. However, in some cases, it may be the best option. Common indicators that spine surgery may be needed include severe pain, numbness or tingling in the arms or legs, difficulty controlling your bowels or bladder, or a chance in gait or balance. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to seek medical attention and determine whether or not surgery is necessary. A top spine surgeon will be able to assess your condition and guide you on the best course of treatment.

The spine specialists at Gottlieb Spine have the knowledge, experience, skills, and technology to diagnose your spine problems accurately and then treat them effectively. This spine surgery center has two offices in Dallas and Irving, Texas. Contact a spine doctor today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your options.