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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. If you’re dealing with any level of back pain, you should get a clear diagnosis and effective back pain treatment to keep you active. Find back pain relief in Texas at Gottlieb Spine, your trusted source for the latest back pain management techniques. Call to schedule an appointment today.

Types of Back Pain

Back pain can stem from any part of the spine: the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical. While there are a variety of conditions that can cause back pain, it can generally be sorted into these categories:

  • Sciatica: This condition refers to the pain tracing the path of the sciatic nerve. It initiates in your back and extends through the buttocks down to your thigh, although it typically only affects one side of the body at a time.
  • Lower back pain, which affects the lumbar part of the spine
  • Middle back pain, which affects the thoracic part of the spine
  • Upper back pain, which affects the cervical part of the spine

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What are the Symptoms of Back Pain?

Back pain can manifest itself in many different ways, including:

  • Muscle aches
  • Sudden stabbing sensations
  • Burning down the leg
  • Numbness and tingling in the legs
  • Pain that gets worse with lifting or standing for extended periods
  • Pain that gets better while lying down

What Causes Back Pain?

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.

  • Herniated disc: The discs that cushion and separate your vertebral bones have a tough outer layer with a soft center. When these discs rupture, known as a herniated disc, the soft core leaks out of the outer casing. This puts pressure on the surrounding nerves, causing discomfort.
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction: This condition causes damage to the joint connecting your pelvis and spine.
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Arthritis: A result of wear and tear and age, arthritis causes your bones to rub together after they’ve lost their cushioning, causing discomfort
  • Scoliosis: If not treated properly, scoliosis can lead to back pain later in life
  • Myofascial pain syndrome: This chronic condition causes muscle tightness in a specific area
  • Stenosis: When the space inside the spinal canal is too small, pressure is put on the spinal cord and nerves

How Is Back Pain Diagnosed?

Dealing with back pain can be a frustrating experience, especially if you’re not sure what’s causing it or how to treat it. Dr. Gottlieb can provide you with a proper diagnosis so you can start treatment for back pain.

A diagnosis typically involves a thorough physical exam, a review of your medical history, and sometimes imaging tests like X-rays or MRIs. This information can help our team determine the underlying cause of your back pain, and whether it’s related to a muscle strain or injury, joint or disc problem, or a more serious condition. Once you have a clear diagnosis, Dr. Gottlieb and our team will work with you to explore a range of back pain treatments.

How Can I Relieve My Back Pain?

Before looking into treatment options, it’s important to determine if the cause of your pain is something that can be easily addressed. For example, poor posture or an uncomfortable position may be causing your back pain, rather than a serious medical condition. Dr. Gottlieb always recommends starting back pain treatment with conservative options, including:

  • Rest
  • Exercises for your neck and shoulders
  • Physical therapy
  • Weight loss, if necessary
  • Smoking cessation, if required
  • Alternating ice and heat
  • Chiropractic alignment
  • Posture improvement
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Anti-inflammatory medicine

When Should I See a Doctor For Back Pain?

If you are experiencing back pain that does not improve with at-home remedies or if it worsens, there may be an issue with your spine. If your back pain is accompanied by symptoms like shooting pain, numbness, or weakness, this could be an indicator of a spine problem. If you suspect there is something wrong with your spine, you should consult a doctor.

When scheduling an appointment for back pain, you can start by consulting with your general practitioner or family doctor. Depending on the severity and nature of your spine condition, you may be referred to a spine specialist. A board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon like Dr. Gottlieb will be able to provide an expert diagnosis and guide you in relieving your back pain.

Dr. Gottlieb has extensive experience in diagnosing various types of chronic back pain. At our advanced back pain treatment center, he can provide a definitive diagnosis to initiate your treatment. Learn effective strategies on how to relieve back pain with Dr. Gottlieb’s professional assistance.

How is Back Pain Treated?

Dr. Gottlieb will typically begin back train treatment with conservative techniques, such as:

  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories
  • Steroid injections
  • Topical creams
  • Physical therapy

For back pain that doesn’t respond to non-surgical treatment, there may be a further structural problem in the spine. In this case, surgery may be needed.

Will I Need Surgery For My Back Pain?

Surgery is not always necessary to find back pain relief. There are numerous non-surgical treatments available that can effectively reduce pain and restore functionality in the back. However, if you’ve tried various treatments without finding the relief you need, surgery may be considered by your top orthopedic surgeon.

While spine surgery is a major decision, it can be an effective method for treating back pain and preventing future issues. Dr. Gottlieb can help determine if surgery is the right option for you, based on the severity of your back pain and its underlying cause. It’s crucial to explore all potential approaches to address back pain, including surgery, to find the most suitable solution for you.

What Does a Spine Surgeon Do For Back Pain?

Dr. Gottlieb, an orthopedic spine surgeon, and his team are experts in back pain management. Our advanced spine center offers a range of surgical procedures with a focus on utilizing minimally invasive techniques wherever possible. By opting for these techniques, we can minimize discomfort and promote faster recovery. Our comprehensive back pain treatments include:

Dr. Gottlieb and his team are here to help with chronic back pain treatment. Learn how to relieve back pain and whether you are a candidate for back surgery by scheduling a consultation at Gottlieb Spine today.

Updated on Jul 2, 2024 by Dr. Jamie Gottlieb (Orthopedic Spine Surgeon) of Orthopedic Spine Center: Dr. Jamie Gottlieb

Dr. Jamie Gottlieb, MD

Dr. Jamie Gottlieb, MD, is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with over two decades of experience treating chronic and degenerative spinal conditions, such as spinal stenosis and ongoing neck and lower back pain. Dr. Gottlieb prioritizes building strong relationships with his patients, understanding their medical history and goals, and ensuring personalized treatment. Emphasizing non-surgical solutions whenever possible, Dr. Gottlieb is also well-versed in traditional, minimally invasive, and motion preservation surgery techniques.

Dr. Gottlieb earned his medical degree from Cornell University and completed his residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. After completing his residency, Dr. Gottlieb went on to gain experience as a spine surgeon and an emergency response physician at hospitals and emergency care centers in Fort Worth and Dallas. He also served as a research associate at the Scripps Clinic in San Diego and has continued to publish his findings in respected publications.

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Orthopedic Spine Center: Dr. Jamie Gottlieb
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Irving, TX 75038
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