Your spine is a complex structure with many interconnected and interdependent components. The human spine contains over one-hundred twenty muscles, two-hundred ligaments, over one-hundred joints, and thirty-three individual vertebra at birth. Over time these components can become the cause of strains, injuries, and degeneration. When back pain or an injury to your spine begins to affect your quality of life it may be time to consider seeing a pain management specialist. At Pain Management of North Dallas you will receive a prompt diagnosis and subsequent treatment plan to help manage and ultimately relieve your back pain.
At Pain Management of North Dallas in Frisco, Texas, Adeel Haq, M.D. is dual board certified in pain medicine and emergency medicine. He has over sixteen years experience diagnosing and developing treatment plans for patients with back pain. Dr. Haq understands pain is often unique to the individual and has helped thousands of patients find relief from pain. Most acute back pain is mechanical in nature, which is any abnormal stress and strain on the components of vertebral column. The most common causes of back pain are:
- Congenital Spine Abnormalities:
Congenital abnormalities are disorders that develop early in life such as spina bifida, chiari malformation, kyphosis, lordosis, or scoliosis.
Sprains, strains, spasms, traumatic injury, or motor vehicle accident
- Degenerative Problems:
Degenerative disc disease, spondylosis, kyphosis, ankylosing spondylitis
- Nerve and Spinal Cord Problems:
Spinal stenosis, abscesses, hematomas, inflammatory diseases, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, vascular malformations
- Other Non-Spine Sources:
Urinary tract infections, acute pancreatitis, endometriosis, pregnancy, cysts
What is back pain?
Back pain is one of the most common medical problems in the United States. Most people will experience back pain at some point in their life. The good news is a significant amount of these back pains will be acute strains and spasms to the complex structures of the back. Some back pain will be more long term, develop over time, and cause ongoing problems. Some people will experience both episodes of intense back pain with continuous milder pain. Regardless of the type of back pain you experience Dr. Haq and his team at Pain Management of North Dallas will develop a treatment plan to help manage and relieve your back pain.
What are the symptoms of back pain?
The symptoms of back pain can vary from an aching muscle to extreme discomfort and pain. Many adults will at some point experience back pain that gradually improves over a few weeks with at home treatments and self care. Back pain symptoms that result in extreme discomfort and pain are often described as: shooting, burning, pulling, or stabbing sensations. These back pain symptoms last longer than a few weeks, do not improve with at home treatment, and can cause numbness, weakness, or tingling, in one or both of your extremities. The location of your back pain and its associates symptoms will help Dr. Haq identify if you have cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine pathology.
What are risk factors for back pain?
The below factors are linked to a higher risk of developing back pain. Low back pain (lumbar pain) tends to be more common in women than in men.
- Older age
- Obesity or excessive weight
- Strenuous physical activity
- Genetic factors
- Occupational related activities
- Poor physical fitness, a sedentary lifestyle
How is back pain diagnosed?
When diagnosing back pain Dr. Haq will have a conversation with you about your symptoms and perform a physical examination. Depending on the suspected cause or pathology Dr. Haq may order additional testing to confirm your diagnosis and develop the best treatment plan. These tests may include:
- Bone scans
- Blood work
What are treatment options for back pain?
Non-invasive modalities are the first approach to treating back pain. Dr. Haq is likely to recommend activity modification, chiropractic care, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medications. If your back pain is still causing issues other treatment options may include:
- Regenerative medicine
- Ketamine infusions
- Epidural steroid injections
- Facet joint infections
- Nerve blocks
- Radiofrequency ablations
- Spinal cord stimulation
Living with back pain often impacts patient’s quality of life leaving them searching for answers. In Dr. Haq’s sixteen years of experience he has successfully helped thousands of patients manage and overcome back pain. To learn more about back pain or obtain the pain management care you need call us at 214-618-0853 or request an appointment with Dr. Haq through our website.