Nearly everyone suffers back pain at some stage, which often improves with a few days of rest. But if back pain is stopping you from living your life, experienced neurosurgeon Adam Lewis, MD, and his team at Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic in Flowood, Mississippi, can help. They offer nonoperative and surgical treatments, including minimally invasive spine surgery and artificial disc replacement. Call Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic today or book an appointment online for expert relief of your back pain.
Back pain has many causes. Common ones include:
Overdoing physical activity can strain your back muscles. Heavy lifting, pulling, or twisting can damage muscles, spinal discs, and the connective tissues in your back. But in case you think it’s better to be inactive, lack of exercise and poor posture can have the same effects.
Traumas like fractures and spinal cord damage can be done in accidents at work or on the road. Falls often cause back pain.
Common problems include degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, arthritis, and spinal stenosis (narrowed spinal canal). These are often caused by aging and years of wear on your spine.
Depending on your back pain’s source, the symptoms can differ. Pain can be dull or sharp. You might feel it in one specific place or over a broad area. Other common symptoms of back pain include:
Your symptoms might get worse after sitting or standing for a long time. With lower back disorders, the symptoms can spread into your hips, buttocks, and legs. Upper back conditions could affect your shoulders and arms. Pinched or damaged nerves usually cause these problems in your spine.
Most back pain improves with basic care. Rest, gentle exercise, and avoiding activities that hurt your back are essential. You can use over-the-counter pain medicines and ice or heat to reduce swelling and relax muscles.
If your symptoms continue after several weeks of self-care, contact Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic. The team can diagnose the cause of your back pain and prescribe effective treatments. You might need physical therapy to stretch and strengthen your back. Or epidural steroid injections to reduce swelling around pinched nerve roots.
Cutting-edge nonsurgical procedures are available for some disorders. These include kyphoplasty for vertebral compression fractures and Coflex® for spinal stenosis. Patients with treatment-resistant back pain might need a spinal cord stimulator to prevent pain messages from getting to the brain.
Surgery might be necessary if your symptoms persist after trying nonsurgical methods. Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery. Their surgeons do discectomies, spinal fusion, artificial disc replacement, laminectomy, and many other procedures.
Call Jackson Neurosurgery Clinic today or book an appointment online to benefit from a comprehensive back pain diagnosis and treatment plan that keeps you feeling your best.