Causes of Back Pain – and Effective Treatments for It
The most common causes of back pain are pulled muscle or tendon, inflammation, arthritis, stress, and fibromyalgia. Spinal pain in the lower back is highly prevalent, which is caused by muscle strains and sprains.
The main function of the spinal bones is to protect and support the spinal cord. Spinal conditions and injuries can damage the vertebrae, limit mobility, and cause severe pain. Most people undergo conservative treatments, such as medication, steroid injections, and physical therapy, providing short-term relief from pain and discomfort.
Minimally invasive spine surgery in Plano TX, is the long-term and effective solution for back pain. MINT has qualified and experienced neurosurgeons who can treat minor and major spinal conditions. Read on!
Causes of Back Pain
There are many back pain causes, such as falls, accidents, congenital disorders, infection, inflammation, inherited disorders, traumatic injuries, and degenerative wear and tear. Some spinal conditions, like degenerative disc disease, arthritis, spinal stenosis, and herniated disc, can affect the back and cause pain.
Degenerative Disc Disease
It is not a disease but a condition in which damaged discs cause pain. The condition is associated with aging that causes the disc to dry out over time. Sports injuries, intense daily life activities, etc. can also lead to degenerative disc disease.
Arthritis can cause inflammation in any joint of the body, including the back. It causes stiffness, discomfort, and painful sensation in the back. Sometimes, the condition can cause sciatica, a sharp pain that travels from the back through the buttocks to the legs.
Spinal stenosis is one of the common causes of back pain. The condition is characterized by narrowing the spinal canal that puts pressure on the nerve roots. Consequently, the patient ends up with neck pain and lower back pain. It may also cause cramping and numbness in the buttocks and legs.
A herniated disc is a painful condition that occurs anywhere along the spine. Most often, it occurs in the lumbar spine. Sometimes, this condition is called a ruptured or bulging disc. It is one of the common causes of sciatica and lower back pain. A herniated disc can easily be treated with minimally invasive spine surgery in Plano TX.
The symptoms may include stiffness, muscle tightness, spasms, aching, and pain for patients suffering from lower-back or lumbar spondylosis. You may also experience tingling, numbness, weakness, and pain in the legs. The condition occurs when there is a lot of pressure on the spinal nerves.
Moreover, excess weight, improper lifting techniques, lifestyle habits, low calcium intake, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, poor posture, occupational movement, and thyroid disease are some of the risk factors that can increase back pain.
Treatment for Back Pain
MINT is a reputable health institution with a team of qualified neurosurgeons, doctors, physiotherapists, and nurses who work collaboratively to provide the best treatment for back pain. Conservative treatments offered by MINT are:
- Back bracing
- Steroid injections
- Muscle relaxants, painkillers, and anti-inflammatory drugs
- Physical therapy exercises, including strength and stretch workouts
These treatment options can effectively treat back pain and associated disorders. However, if these treatments fail to relieve discomfort and pain, our health professionals may consider minimally invasive spine surgery in Plano TX.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery in Plano TX
Minimally invasive surgery or MIS is a sophisticated surgical technique used by surgeons at MINT to treat various spine disorders. Generally, it is a treatment option for those who have tried conservative treatments like physical therapy, medication, and steroid injections but have not improved back pain symptoms.
MIS procedures involve the surgeon to make a tiny incision in the back to reach the area of concern, such as the damaged disc or herniated disc. Our surgeon use specialized tools to approach the spine and remove the damaged disc.
Once the disc is removed, a bone graft material is placed between the two vertebrae using rods, screws, cages, etc. These materials stabilize the graft between the vertebrae. The graft’s main goal is to fuse the two bones into a single, solid bone, which occurs over time.
MIS is an effective and safe procedure than traditional open-back surgical procedures. Because it requires the surgeon to make a small incision, muscles, ligaments, tissues, and nerves in the lower back are spared. In simple words, the procedure does not harm the delicate muscles and tissues of the spine.
We have already told you about the causes of back pain. Some of them are minor, and others are major. Back pain with mild symptoms can be treated with medicines and physical therapy. However, minimally invasive spine surgery in Plano TX, is the best treatment option for severe back pain and related disorders. Contact us today!