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Texas Back Pain Treatment & Management

What’s Causing Your Back Pain?

Affecting up to 80% of the population at some point in their lives, back pain can be acute, chronic or intermittent. It can result from injury, overuse or disease, and cause mild discomfort, chronic strain or even immobilizing pain.

When it comes to the causative factors of back pain, a bulging or herniated spinal disc could often be the source of the problem.

Positioned between each bony vertebrae of your spine, spinal discs act as shock absorbers to enable comfortable mobility while protecting and stabilizing the spine. They are cartilaginous with a liquid center called the nucleus and a firm outer covering that holds the nucleus in shape called the annulus.

The function of the nucleus is to move and shift as necessary to adjust to your physical activity and the resulting pressure on your spine. However, if injury in any capacity causes the nucleus to ‘bulge’ past the annulus, the disc becomes herniated. And in severe cases, it can even rupture. Contact us for Texas Back Pain Treatment & Management.

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Symptoms of a bulging disc include:

Treatment will depend on the diagnosis and severity of the disc issue, with the goal being long-term relief and greater mobility. Less invasive treatments include physical therapy, ice and heat therapy, chiropractic manipulation and oral medications including NSAIDs, narcotic pain medication and oral steroids – all of which serve to decrease inflammation and manage pain.


If non-surgical options are not effective, a discectomy can be performed to remove the herniated disc material pressing against the nerve root or spinal cord.

How to treat Your Back Pain?

Treatment for back pain will most often revolve around managing pain and inflammation with over-the-counter or prescription medication and rest if it’s due to muscle strain or fatigue. Most treatment is nonsurgical as surgical procedures are only recommended when there is evidence of nerve damage or when the cause of the pain is structural and there are surgical procedures available to correct the issue. The most common nonsurgical options include:

 

  •  Physical therapy: strengthen the core and improve mobility and flexibility
  • Medications: both over the counter and prescriptions are available to help manage pain
  • Nerve block therapies: help relieve pain by blocking nerve conduction from certain areas of the body
When it comes to more severe issues like a herniated disc, treatment will depend on the diagnosis and severity of the disc issue, with the goal being long-term relief and greater mobility. If non-surgical options are not effective, a discectomy can be performed to remove the herniated disc material pressing against the nerve root or spinal cord.

Other surgical options include:

  • Spinal laminectomy: removal of bone spurs or any other bony projections
  • Spinal fusion: the intervertebral disc is removed and the vertebra are fused together to remove friction between bony parts and consequently reduce pain
  • Artificial disc replacement: an alternative to spinal fusion in which the damaged intervertebral is removed and replaced by a synthetic disc

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