Acute or chronic pain associated with spinal disorders can be difficult to manage and is likely to disrupt your work or home life. At Failed Back Institute in Weatherford, Granbury & Midland, Texas, Scott Smith, MD is a highly skilled spinal surgeon with extensive experience in treating conditions of the back and neck, especially when previous treatments have failed. If you have ongoing pain, call or request an appointmentwith Dr. Smith to create a pain management plan that works best for you.

What causes neck and back pain?

A number of spinal conditions can cause neck and back pain. These spinal conditions are often complex, and the underlying cause or origin of your pain may not always be clear.

Possible causes for your neck and back pain may be:

  • Back or neck injury
  • Muscle strains or sprains
  • Compressed or pinched nerves
  • Unstable vertebrae
  • Abnormal growths or bone spurs
  • Compressed discs, or fluid-filled cushions between vertebrae
  • Compression or other fractures of the spine

These problems may come from spinal disorders, such as a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease. They may also be made worse by conditions such as diabetes, obesity, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis.

What are the symptoms of back or neck pain?

More than just pain originating in your back or neck, neck and back pain can be described in a number of ways. You may also have additional symptoms that you don’t necessarily associate with neck or back problems.

Back or neck pain can be described as:

  • Burning or stinging pain in back or extremities
  • Sharp or shooting pain with movement
  • Dull and aching pain
  • Muscle tenderness and soreness

You may also have associated symptoms, such as:

  • Limited mobility
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Lack of coordination
  • Impaired bladder or bowel function
  • Radiating pain in buttocks, legs, feet, arms, or shoulders

Back and neck pain can be mild, or may be significant enough to hinder your daily activities, prevent you from working, or affect your home life.

How are neck and back pain managed?

Many of Dr. Smith’s patients seek him out after failed attempts at relief from their pain, even after spinal surgery. He offers extensive experience in treating failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) using nonsurgical and surgical means to relieve your pain.

Nonsurgical and minimally invasive options for pain management may include:

  • Exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Oral steroids
  • Oral pain medications
  • Injection therapy: A variety of medications injected into problem areas
  • Nerve stimulation: Use of mild electrical pulses to relieve pain

Surgical treatment may include:

  • Laminectomy: To remove bone spurs
  • Spinal fusion: To stabilize spinal joints
  • Microdiscectomy: To remove areas of compression
  • Spinal decompression: To relieve nerve compression
  • Artificial joint replacement: To replace and stabilize degenerated vertebrae

Dr. Smith utilizes advanced techniques and specialized hardware to help manage and relieve your pain, and decrease your long-term use of pain medications, if possible.

For a consultation about how Dr. Smith can help you manage and relieve your pain, call or request an appointment online.