South Texas Spinal Clinic
Orthopedic Surgeons and Physical Therapists Located in San Antonio and South Texas
An estimated 80% of all adults experience back pain at some point. An acute episode becomes chronic and creates debilitating pain in about 10% of them. The orthopedic surgeons at South Texas Spinal Clinic have the expertise you need to obtain relief for your back pain, as they offer physical therapy, pain management, medical intervention, and in some cases, surgical options, depending on what’s causing your pain. To learn more about back pain services, call their office in the San Antonio or South Texas area, or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.
Back Pain Q & A
What Causes Back Pain?
Pain can develop anywhere along your back, but it frequently occurs in the lower back, which must support the weight of your upper body. While supporting your weight, your spine is also designed to bend and twist, a combination that makes it susceptible to injuries and degenerative changes.
Back pain often arises from muscle strain as you lift something heavy or make a sudden twisting motion. Being overweight and sitting for a long time place extra pressure on your back and, as you age, all of that pressure leads to degenerative changes that cause chronic back pain.
The most common causes of back pain include:
- Overuse and overactivity
- Herniated disc
- Disc degeneration
- Degenerative spondylolisthesis
- Spinal stenosis
- Muscle injury
- Spinal injury
- Compression fracture from osteoporosis
When Should You See a Doctor For Back Pain?
The symptoms of back pain vary. They can be sharp, dull, stabbing, or feel like a cramp. In some cases, back pain is worse when you’re active and feels better when you lie down.
No matter what type of symptoms you experience, contact the team at South Texas Spinal Clinic when your back pain interferes with normal activity, especially if the pain doesn’t get better in a few weeks or if you have a fever or unexpected weight loss as well.
How is Back Pain Treated?
Back pain can be debilitating, yet it’s essential to stay as active as possible, so the team at South Texas Spinal Clinic works with you to diminish inflammation and relieve your pain using therapies such as:
- Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation: The physical therapists at South Texas Spinal Clinic use passive and active methods to relieve your pain, strengthen your back, and improve mobility. This type of treatment includes exercise, heat, ice, ultrasound, massage, and electrical stimulation.
- Medications: Prescription and over-the-counter medications may relieve inflammation and pain. The doctors at South Texas Spinal Clinic also treat some cases of back pain with epidural steroid injections and nerve blocks.
- Surgery: Your doctor considers surgery when other treatments have failed. Minimally invasive procedures can treat compression fractures, while other types of surgery — lumbar laminectomy and lumbar microendoscopic discectomy — can treat a ruptured disc or nerve compression.
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