The spine consists of several vertebrae, discs, ligaments, tendons, tissues
and nerves that provide structural support to the body as well as enable
its flexible movement. Irritation or inflammation of any of these components
may lead to back pain. The condition may affect people of all age groups
and cause severe discomfort as well as obstruct participation in daily
activities. Back pain is most commonly seen in cervical and lumbar spine.
Though the condition can be caused due to a myriad of reasons, in most
cases, the symptoms can be effectively relieved with
Depending upon the severity of the condition, the orthopedic doctor may
prescribe the following treatment options for back pain:
Medications: The patient may be prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications,
muscle relaxants, topical pain relievers etc. to provide relief from the
pain and discomfort associated with the back pain.
Spinal Injections: If the pain is severe and radiating to the legs or other body parts,
the orthopedic doctor may recommend injecting medicine into the epidural
space. Spinal injections can provide immediate relief from back pain and
reduce inflammation around the tendons, nerves as well as nerve roots.
Heat Or Ice Therapy: Applying heat pads, ice packs or using both alternatively can help to
relieve stiffness, inflammation and muscle spasms in the back. Cold compresses
can be used to reduce swelling in the back.
Braces: For patients with chronic back pain or a deformity in the spine, the
doctor may recommend wearing a brace to provide support. Back braces can
help to maintain proper posture, limit strenuous movement and realign
the spine to provide relief
Physical Therapy: The physical therapist may apply heat, ice, electrical stimulation and
other mechanisms to release stiffness from the back muscles. He may also
help the patient learn posture correction techniques to prevent the pain
Exercise: The orthopedic doctor may advise the patient to perform light stretching
exercises to increase the flexibility of the muscles in the back. He may
also recommend certain or exercises to strengthen the core and improve
overall well-being of the patient.
The orthopedic surgeons at
OrthoTexas provide complete diagnosis and treatment for pain in the upper, middle
as well as lower back. To schedule an appointment with the
back pain specialists in Plano, TX, you can call at
(972) 985 – 1072 or visit 4031 West Plano Parkway Suite 100, Plano, TX 75093.