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Back Pain services offered in Mission, TX

Many people experience back pain at some point during their life. In most cases, back pain resolves within a few weeks with at-home care. However, when back pain is severe or fails to improve with time, you may benefit from a consultation with Vaibhav “Van” Kanawade, MD, at Restore Joints & Spine in Mission, Texas. The experienced orthopedic surgeon takes a comprehensive approach to back pain, offering a wide range of medical and surgical treatment options. For help with back pain, call the office or book an appointment online today.


Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Back pain includes any kind of discomfort you feel in your back. The type and severity of the pain may depend on the cause. You may have constant dull, achy pain or sudden, severe, shooting pain. 

Though back pain may affect any part of the back, in most cases, people feel discomfort in their lower back or lumbar spine.

Back pain is usually acute, resolving within a few days or a few weeks. However, if you have back pain that lasts three or more months, you have chronic back pain.

What causes back pain?

Back pain most often occurs because of a problem with the structure and function of one or more of the parts that make up your back. That includes acute and chronic pain conditions.

Common causes of back pain include:

  • Strain or sprain
  • Herniated disc
  • Fractures
  • Radiculopathy - nerve compression
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Osteoporosis

 

Though less common, other conditions may cause back pain, such as kidney stones or fibromyalgia. Knowing the cause of your back pain helps direct treatment.

What can I expect during a back pain consultation?

You can expect a comprehensive evaluation at Restore Joints & Spine when you come in for help with back pain. 

Your orthopaedic surgeon asks detailed questions about your pain, including the location and type of discomfort you feel, when it started, the underlying cause (if known), and activities that make your pain worse or better. 

They perform a physical exam, paying close attention to the structure and movement of your spine to better understand the cause of your pain. They may also request imaging studies such as an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI.

What types of treatments can improve back pain?

Your orthopaedic surgeon at Restore Joints & Spine customizes your back pain treatment plan based on the cause of your discomfort, the severity of your symptoms, and your overall health.

Though a skilled surgeon, your provider first recommends medical interventions such as:

  • Activity modification
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing
  • Spinal injections

If medical interventions fail to ease back pain, your orthopaedic surgeon may recommend spine surgery to fix the underlying cause of your pain. For example, options may include disc replacement or fusion to treat a herniated disc. 

To get help for back pain, call Restore Joints & Spine or schedule an appointment online today.