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Back Pain Treatment Questions and Answers

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Back Pain Treatment Near Me in Austin, TX
Back Pain Treatment Near Me in Austin, TX

The back is a complex structure made up of many interworking parts, including bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and cartilage. Because the back is such a large area of the body, it is divided into three categories: upper, middle and lower back. These categories are typically used when experiencing back pain, as the specific area of pain can help to narrow down its cause. Back pain can be caused by lifting heavy objects, twisting or moving the body too quickly, from a traumatic impact, from structural abnormalities and can even be caused by a number of medical conditions and diseases. If left untreated, back pain can become chronic and severely decrease an individual’s quality of life. Thankfully, there are medical professionals who dedicate their careers to helping people deal with and overcome their back pain.

What are some causes of back pain?

Back pain has many causes, including:

  • Medical conditions, such as:
    • Arthritis
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Ankylosing spondylitis
    • Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine
    • Pregnancy
    • Tumors
    • Kidney stones and infections
    • Endometriosis
    • Osteomyelitis or discitis
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Herniated or slipped discs
    • Bulging discs
    • Degenerative disc disease
    • Inflammation and wear of the sacroiliac joint
    • Spinal stenosis
    • Cervical radiculopathy
    • Spondylolisthesis
  • Accidents and Injuries, such as:
    • Car accidents
    • Falls
    • Spine or vertebral fractures
    • Sprains and strains
    • Spasms

When is back pain considered serious?

The following signs and symptoms may be indicative of a serious medical situation:

  • Persistent fevers
  • Unplanned weight loss
  • Blood in the stool or urine
  • Progressive numbness or weakness in the legs
  • Inability to urinate or have a bowel movement
  • Loss of bowel/bladder control
  • Pain at night
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Balance problems
  • Pain not alleviated or worsened by different positions
  • Recent IV drug use
  • Progressive worsening of pain despite relative rest
  • Recent trauma

When should I see a doctor for back pain?

Back pain that warrants a visit to the doctor:

  • Is constant or intense, especially at night
  • Spreads down one or both legs, in particular if the pain goes below the knee
  • Causes weakness, numbness or tingling in either leg
  • Occurs with unintended weight loss
  • Occurs with swelling or redness on the back

Seek emergency medical care if back pain:

  • Occurs after a high-impact car crash
  • Occurs after a bad fall or sports injury
  • Causes new bowel or bladder control problems
  • Occurs with a fever

How is back pain treated?

The treatment for back pain largely depends upon several factors, including:

  • The severity of pain
  • The cause of pain
  • The presence of any underlying health conditions
  • The age of the patient
  • If other treatment have failed to provide relief
  • How the patient responds to treatment

Based on these factors, a back pain specialist will create a treatment plan that addresses the individual concerns of the patient. At Integrative Medical Group of Texas, we use the following therapies to treat back pain:

We use these therapies because they do not cause dependencies (such as from painkillers), and they work to address the root cause of the pain. They also do not cause serious side effects (like with pain medication and surgery) and do not come with long recovery periods or downtimes (as does surgery).

If you are experiencing back pain, come to Integrative Medical Group of Texas today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating a number of causes of back pain and can help you address the underlying cause of your pain for effective and long term relief! Call us today at (512) 601-8540 to book an appointment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 6905 West Gate Blvd Suite A, Austin, TX 78745. Our office is open on Monday and Thursday from 7 AM  to 11 AM then from 3 PM to 6 PM (closed from 11 AM to 3 PM), and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 AM to 1 PM, then from 3 PM to 6 PM (closed from 1 PM to 3 PM). We serve patients from Austin TX, Sunset Valley TX, Hays TX, Rollingwood TX, Bee Cave TX, Manchaca TX, West Lake Hills TX, Buda TX, and South Austin, TX. Looking forward to serve you!