Spine pain is common: Roughly 80% of Americans experience low back pain at some point in life. You shouldn’t have to learn to live with back pain, though. Find out what’s causing it and get a resolution by visiting with orthopedic practitioner Reginald J. Newsome, M.D. As an in-demand physician, Dr. Newsome of I-SPINE treats patients at both the Houston and Keller, Texas offices. Most patients start pain-relieving treatments on their first visit.
Spine Pain Q & A
What causes back pain?
Your spine is a complicated design of vertebrae that rest precisely on top of one another.
Rubbery discs that cushion your spinal joints surround each vertebra, so they don’t rub against one another. You also have multiple bands of ligaments, tendons, and muscles that run through your back. Anyone of them can cause pain.
Issues with bones or soft tissues cause structural spine pain, such as:
- Ruptured or bulged discs
- Sciatic nerve compression (sciatica)
- Arthritis, especially osteoarthritis
- Abnormal curvature of the spine (scoliosis)
- Facet joint syndrome
- Strains, sprains, or tears
Frequently, Dr. Newsome can pinpoint structural issues and diagnose you by looking at a simple X-ray, or possibly an MRI. In some cases, spinal pain comes from lifestyle factors such as being overweight, having poor posture, or sitting or standing for long periods.
Who is at risk for back pain?
You can develop pain along their spine at any point, especially if you have an injury. Some people have an even higher risk, though. You’re more likely to have back pain if you:
- Have diabetes
- Are pregnant
- Are female
- Are older
- Have a sedentary lifestyle
- Suffer from anxiety or depression
Athletes and adults with physically demanding jobs may also have a greater risk of developing back pain.
How is spine pain treated?
Dr. Newsome specializes in helping men and women resolve back pain through lifestyle changes. For example, making simple dietary changes and getting rid of foods that cause inflammation can help improve back pain in many cases.
Dr. Newsome also works with you to strengthen your back by teaching you exercises you can do at home. Sometimes this is coupled with going through several in-house physical therapy sessions.
By learning lifestyle changes that can improve back pain, not only does pain improve, it’s also less likely to keep coming back. Your treatment plan could also include:
- Corticosteroid injections
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Electrical stimulation
- Cold laser therapy
Each back pain treatment plan is tailored to the patient. You might need several types of therapies to help treat your spine pain.
If you’re ready to get back pain relief once and for all, call I-SPINE or book an appointment online.