Advanced spine care in Central Texas
What causes back and neck pain?
Back and neck pain can range from a mild, dull ache to persistent, severe and disabling pain that may radiate down your arms or legs. Spine surgeons at Ascension Texas specialize in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of back and neck pain. Our goal is to help find the cause of your pain and provide the right care for you. For many patients, the causes of back and neck pain include overuse, trauma or injury, infection, abnormal growth, obesity, muscle strain, muscle or ligament tears, joint problems, smoking, slipped disk, osteoporosis and more.
When should I talk to my doctor about back and neck pain?
You should talk to your doctor about back and neck pain if you have:
- Pain lasting more than two weeks
- Pain after an injury or fall
- Severe pain that does not go away with rest and medication
- Weakness, numbness or tingling in your arms or legs
- Unintentional and unexplained weight loss
- A fever over 100.4°F
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
How is back and neck pain treated?
Your care plan to address your back and neck pain may include therapy or surgical options. Your care team at Ascension Texas focuses on rehabilitation therapies to safely increase your muscular strength and flexibility. Certain exercises, anti-inflammatory medicines, braces or injections may help relieve pain. When surgery is needed, your doctor will discuss your surgical treatment options. There are many different types of surgery to treat back pain. Your doctor will recommend a surgical care plan that’s right for you.