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Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor, and it’s a leading cause of missed time at work. Eight in 10 people will experience back pain at least once in their lifetime. Whether it’s occasional or chronic (persistent), back pain can limit mobility and diminish your quality of life. The signs and symptoms of back pain vary depending on where the problem is (upper, middle, or lower spine), but can include:

  • Shooting or stabbing pain
  • Pain that radiates down into your leg (sciatica)
  • Limited flexibility or range of motion (such as not being able to twist or bend over)
  • Aching or throbbing pain

Back Inflammation

Back Pain Causes

There are many possible causes of back pain—it can happen suddenly from straining (e.g., from heavy lifting) or from normal wear and tear, aging, poor posture, or degenerative diseases like arthritis. Sometimes the cause is not obvious. In these cases, Nobilis Health orthopedic specialist Dr. Kevin James will likely need to order tests or imaging studies, such as an x-ray, MRI or CT scan, bone scan, or even blood tests (to determine if you have an infection that may be causing your pain). Conditions that are commonly linked to back pain include:

  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Herniated Disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative Scoliosis
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Arthritic Spine
  • Spinal Trauma

Treatment Options for Back Pain at Nobilis Health

Most back pain resolves with minimal intervention. Non-surgical treatments can include over-the-counter pain relievers (such as ibuprofen), topical pain relievers (such as medicated creams and ointments), muscle relaxants, and injections (such as cortisol). In cases where non-surgical treatments fail to provide significant relief, back surgery may be required. Nobilis Health orthopedic spine surgeons uses advanced surgical techniques to treat a range of conditions, opting for minimally invasive spine surgery (such as arthroscopic surgery) whenever possible. Among the surgical procedures we perform are:

  • Discectomy (procedure to remove material from a herniated disc that is pressing on a nerve or the spinal cord; often performed as a microdiscectomy)
  • Laminectomy (procedure to widen the spinal canal in order to relieve nerve pressure caused by conditions like spinal stenosis)
  • Spinal fusion (procedure to fuse two or more bones together in the spine)
  • Disc replacement (procedure to replace a damaged disc in the spine with an artificial one)

Other Conditions We Treat

Our expert Plano Surgical Hospital team treats the full spectrum of orthopedic injuries and conditions, including:

  • Neck pain and related injuries/disorders
  • Shoulder pain and related injuries/disorders
  • Knee pain and related injuries/disorders
  • Hip pain and related injuries/disorders
  • Ankle pain and related injuries/disorders

Schedule Your Spine Surgeon Consultation

Our expert orthopedic spine surgeon, Dr. Kevin James, is currently seeing new patients for back pain. Please call 817-310-8783 to schedule a consultation at his Southlake office, or send us a message using our contact form. You’re in good hands with Nobilis Health physician, Dr. James, and the entire team at the Plano Surgical Hospital.