Back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor. It causes many to miss work and is a leading cause of disability. Most people have back pain at least once in their lives. Back pain can come on suddenly and last less than six weeks, and may be caused by a fall or heavy lifting. This type of pain is known as acute back pain. Back pain that lasts more than three months is considered chronic. There can be many causes of chronic back pain; some of the more common are disc tear, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, and scoliosis.
Orthopedic Surgeons at Austin Regional Clinic have specialized knowledge and experience related to diagnosis, preoperative, operative, and postoperative management, combined with a patient-centered philosophy of coordinated care.
Symptoms of Back Pain
The most common symptoms of low back pain include discomfort or pain in the lower back that is:
- Sharp or dull
- Well-defined or vague
The pain may radiate into one or both buttocks or even into the thigh or hip area.
Diagnosing Back Pain
In addition to performing a complete history and physical exam for back pain, your Orthopedic Surgeon may suggest one of the following diagnostic studies: X-ray, CT scan, MRI scan, imaging and electrical studies, and occasionally, injections used for diagnostic purposes.
Conditions commonly linked to back pain include: muscle or ligament strain, bulging or ruptured disks, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, skeletal irregularities, spinal stenosis, and sciatica.
Treatment of Back Pain
Most acute back pain gets better with a few weeks of home treatment. Over-the-counter pain relievers and the use of heat or ice might be all you need. Some acute back pain may require occupational therapy, lifestyle changes, and surgery.
If you have unrelenting chronic pain associated with radiating leg pain or progressive muscle weakness caused by nerve compression, or pain related to structural problems, such as narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis) or a herniated disk, you may require surgery.
Spine Conditions Treated Include:
Spine Services Offered Include:
- Occupational Therapy Evaluation
- Spinal Cord Surgery
- Spinal Fusion
- Spinal Surgery
Orthopedic physicians at Austin Regional Clinic have brought some of the most advanced techniques to healing back pain to Austin and they continue to expand their capabilities. If you're experiencing back pain or discomfort, call us at 512-454-4561 or request an appointment online.