Treatment For Back Pain

by Administrator 26. July 2017 10:59

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Back Pain In Children And Teens

by Administrator 25. April 2017 08:39

Back pain is not a common cause of worry in children and teenagers as their bodies are more flexible as compared to adults. However, children may get affected by back pain due to some underlying disorder that needs to be treated immediately. Any kind of back pain in children and teens that is severe or does not go away for a long time warrants medical attention.

Causes

  • Overuse injury
  • Injury during an athletic event
  • Carrying a heavy backpack
  • Spondylolysis or a defect of the joint between vertebral bones
  • Slipping of one vertebra over another or Spondylolisthesis
  • Disc injuries
  • Vertebral fractures during skateboarding or biking
  • An infection of the spine or a tumor
  • A rounded spine

Symptoms

  • Extreme pain in the back that worsens with certain activities
  • Trouble in walking
  • Bowel or bladder issues
  • Weakness or numbness in back, hips and legs

Diagnosis

  • The doctor may conduct a thorough physical examination of the child and note down the visible symptoms
  • The medical history of the child may be noted and specific questions regarding pain may  be asked by the doctor
  • The Spine may also be examined to look for abnormalities and mobility problems
  • The posture and walking gait may be analyzed by the doctor
  • The doctor my check the nerve stimulation in the back along with the reflexes of the legs.
  • He may conduct other tests to check for balance, flexibility and muscle strength
  • Imaging tests such as X-Rays, bone scans, CT scans or MRI scans may be suggested to have a detailed look at the bone and nerve structures

Treatment

In most of the children and teens, back pain tends to be short-lived if caused by strain or overuse. It resolves after a few months on its own. However, other cases require adequate treatment.

Non-surgical treatment

  • Pain medications might may be recommended by the doctor to reduce the discomfort in the back.
  • Application of heat packs during the first few days after a back injury may also prove to be helpful
  • Rest may be advised if back pain is caused by over exertion
  • The doctor may advise some patients to remain active, in order to
  • The doctor may advise some patients
  •  to remain active in order to avoid weakening of muscles
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises may be recommended to reduce pain
  • Low-impact activities such as swimming, cycling and walking may also be suggested to improve the condition
  • The doctor may ask the patients to avoid activities that cause pain like twisting, bending, etc.  

Surgical treatment

  • Surgical intervention may be necessary if the back pain is caused by a serious underlying medical condition such as scoliosis or a herniated disc etc.

For complete treatment of back pain, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon, call at (214) 618-5502.

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Back Pain Prevention Tips

by Administrator 16. January 2017 10:58

The spine is made up of 33 small bones divided into cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions. Its major function is to protect the muscles and nerves as well as provide stiffness to the upper body. Any misalignment or deformity of the vertebrae may lead to pain and discomfort. The symptoms may radiate from the back to other parts of the body like shoulders, legs or hips. Back pain may occur due to several reasons, poor posture and excess weight being the most common of all. Other factors contributing to back pain include muscle tear, muscle spasms, Herniated Disc and spinal injuries. Pregnant women, elderly and people having sitting jobs are more susceptible to experience back pain.

Tips To Prevent Back Pain

  • Excess weight may shift body’s center of gravity which puts additional strain on the back, leading to pain. Exercising regularly can help to keep the body in shape and muscles in an active state.
  • Sleep sideways than lying flat on the back. Sleeping in this position increases blood circulation and does not put pressure on the back. It is a highly recommended position for pregnant women.
  • Bad posture may strain the muscles as well as put pressure on the spine which may constrict the blood vessels and nerves. Therefore, you should maintain proper posture while sitting, standing and walking to keep the spinal curves in their natural shape
  • Quit smoking as it reduces blood flow to the spinal region and increases the risk of back pain.
  • Improper lifting of  heavy objects may strain the lower back muscles which hinders movement and causes pain
  • Wear good fit shoes with flat cushioned soles which provide proper arch support and distribute weight evenly while walking.
  • Increase the intake of calcium and vitamin D to prevent age related degeneration of spinal vertebrae, thereby reducing the risk of back pain.
  • Keep a pillow under your knee in case you sleep on your back as it reduces stress on the spine and maintains natural curve of your body.
  • Do not over stretch your body during workouts. Gradually increase the intensity of physical activity to avoid sprains and strains.
  • Use support at the waist level for example a cushion while sitting, which will help you to sit straight
  • Perform core muscle strengthening exercises. regularly They make abdominal and side muscles stronger which help the spine to bend from the front and maintain its natural curvature
  • Frequent travelers must carry a lumbar support pillow to support their lower back and try carrying heavy luggage in bags having wheels rather carrying them on back.

OrthoTexas, Frisco provides complete treatment for acute and chronic back pain. To schedule an appointment with our spine specialists, you can call at (214) 618 - 5502.

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Back Spasm: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

by Administrator 25. October 2016 07:20

Back Spasm refers to a sudden and involuntary tightening of a muscle in response to strain, weakness or overuse. The condition may range from mild discomfort to severe pain which makes walking a difficult task. It commonly occurs in people of all age groups, irrespective of the gender.

Causes:

  • Muscle and back injury
  • Nerve irritation
  • Nerve compression
  • Medical conditions such as Hypocalcaemia, Sciatica, and Osteoarthritis etc.
  • Lack of proper hydration.
  • Overuse or stress in the spinal column.
  • Infection in any part of the spine

Symptoms:

  • Backache
  • Hip pain
  • Curvature of the spine resulting in lack of stability or balance
  • Numbness and tingling sensation in the back and thighs
  • Pain at the back of the head, in some cases
  • Muscle weakness or strain
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Shoulder or arm pain

Diagnosis:

A doctor may examine the patient’s medical history along with the symptoms. Factors like the severity of the pain and the frequency of its occurrence are focused upon. A physical examination may be conducted and the spine and limbs are properly analyzed. An X-ray may be performed to look for signs of Arthritis or fracture. An MRI or CT scan may also help in inspecting the muscles and other soft tissues properly along with identifying possible problems with the blood supply to the affected area.

Treatment:

  • Muscle relaxants: There are prescribed medication that give a relaxing effect to the body. They are given in cases of acute pain on a short-term basis.
  • Cold therapy: Applying ice wrapped in a cloth to the affected area or any other cold pack would help in relieving inflammation and pain considerably.
  • Reduced stress on back: Spasms can be treated through appropriate amount of rest. This can be done by laying on the back in bed with upper body supported at a slight incline and pillow under the knees or sitting at an incline in a reclining chair with legs supported and knees slightly bent.
  • Walking a lot: Walking is a great cure to spasms. This can include several short walks for a particular time duration around the house followed by increased walk intensity, as tolerated. Prolonged inactivity will stiffen the muscles and will lead to more pain. Walking is gentle on the back and promotes blood flow enabling speedy recovery.
  • Heating pads and heat therapy: Applying a heating pad to the affected area is also a good method in soothing pain and inflammation.
  • Surgical intervention: It may be required if the condition is caused due to some underlying anatomical disorder, degeneration of the spine, spinal fractures or damage to the discs.

The spine surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco offer complete treatment of Back Spasm. To request an appointment, call at (214) 618 – 5502.

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Burst Fracture: Causes, Symptoms And Treatment

by Administrator 26. March 2016 11:08

The spine comprises of seven cervical bones, twelve bones in the thoracic spine and five lumbar spine bones. A burst fracture is a condition which involves crushing of any of these vertebrae due to excessive pressure. The broken pieces may smash into the surrounding tissues and lead to compression of the spinal canal. Burst fractures generally occur between the thoracic and lumbar spine region.

Types of burst fractures:

  • Stable Burst Fracture:  A fracture in which there is no neurologic injury is termed as a stable fracture.
  • Unstable Burst Fracture: It involves damage to nerves and may cause spinal deformity.

Causes

  • Fall from a height: Falling from a great height can cause sudden impact on the spine which can lead to breaking of the vertebra.
  • Motor vehicle accident: Direct trauma to the spine can be caused by motor vehicle accidents.
  • Sports injury: Injury while playing sports such as football, basketball etc. can also cause a burst fracture.

Symptoms

  • Severe back pain
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Pain in the legs
  • Inability to walk

Diagnosis

The doctor may conduct physical examination by evaluating the symptoms experienced by the patient. Imaging tests such as X-rays, CT scan and MRI may be suggested to determine the severity of the condition. Nerve testing may also be done to assess the movement and motion reflexes of arms as well as legs.

Treatment

Non-surgical Treatment

  • Brace:  The doctor may recommend wearing a brace to prevent rotational movement or bending of the spine. If the fracture does not cause any deformity in the spine, a full body brace may be worn to provide support to the back and reduce pain.
  • Rest: Taking sufficient rest may provide relief from pain and discomfort. Activities that involve strenuous back movements must be avoided.  
  • Physical Therapy: After the cast has been removed, the doctor may recommend physical therapy to strengthen the spine muscles and restore flexibility.
  • Medication: Specific medications may be prescribed by the doctor to relieve pain.

Surgical Treatment

If non-surgical treatment does not provide relief, a surgery may be recommended.

  • Spinal Fusion: It involves fusing two or more vertebrae with the help of a bone graft.  
  • Bone Replacement: In this procedure, the burst vertebra is replaced with an artificial bone.
  • Spine Decompression: It aims at relieving pressure from the spinal nerves.

OrthoTexas, Frisco provides treatment for burst fractures and various other spine conditions. To schedule an appointment with the spine surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.

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Spinal Injuries: Treatment In Frisco, TX

by Administrator 24. February 2016 11:50

Spinal injuries occur when damage is caused to the vertebrae, ligaments or discs. These may be a result of falls, accidents, sport injuries and medical conditions such as Polio, Cancer, Arthritis, disc degeneration etc.

There are mainly two types of spinal injuries i.e. complete and incomplete. When the spinal cord is not able to perform its functions, it is known as a complete injury whereas an incomplete injury maintains some movement and sensation in the spine.

Some of the spinal cord injuries are:

  • Anterior Cord Syndrome: When the front of the spinal cord gets damaged, it leads to Anterior Cord Syndrome causing pain and sensations. The condition may occur due to a direct trauma to the aorta i.e. largest artery of the body.  
  • Central Cord Syndrome: Injury to the middle of the spinal cord, known as Central Cord Syndrome may cause loss of movement in arms. It may also affect the brain’s ability to send and receive messages from the body.
  • Posterior Cord Syndrome: When the back of the spinal cord gets injured, it results in Posterior Cord Syndrome. The condition may cause sensory and motor impairments in organs below the site of the injury.
  • Brown Sequard Syndrome: In this condition, one side of the spinal cord may get damaged. It may lead to loss of movement in one side of the body, without affecting the other side.
  • Spinal Contusions: The condition may be characterized by bruising of the spinal cord, causing inflammation and bleeding near the site of injury. It is usually a result of swelling in the spinal canal or pressure due to displaced vertebrae.  The condition may lead to paralysis of arms and legs.    
  • Lumbar Spinal Cord Injury: Damage or stress to the lower back is referred to as Lumbar Spinal Cord Injury. The patient may experience loss of movement in the hips and legs. It may also lead to loss of control over the bladder. Surgery may be required in severe cases.
  • Cervical Spinal Cord Injury: Also known as Tetraplegia, the injury may affect the functionality of the arms and legs. It may be accompanied by loss of physical sensation, bladder dysfunction and sexual problems.
  • Thoracic Spine Injury:  These injuries are less common but can affect the ability of the spinal cord to transmit signals to the back and abdomen muscles. It may also cause bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunctions.
  • Triplegia: In this condition, there is loss of movement in three extremities, both on a single side and one on the other. It is a type of incomplete spinal injury.
  • Sacral Spinal Cord Injury: These types of injuries cause problems in the bowel and may lead to weakness and sexual problems. They may also cause partial paralysis.   

The spine specialists at OrthoTexas, Frisco, provide effective treatment for spinal injuries. To schedule an appointment, call at (214) 618 – 5502 or visit 5757 Warren Pkwy, Suite 180, Frisco, TX 75034.

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Back Pain Prevention: Orthopedic Frisco

by Administrator 17. September 2015 12:03

The back comprises of several muscles, nerves, tissues, ligaments, bones and joints. Back pain can be caused due to an injury to any structures in the spine. It can range from mild to severe and lead to symptoms such as limited range of motion, low flexibility, inability to stand straight, muscle spams and soreness.

Here are some tips to prevent back pain:

  • Strenuous physical work: If suffering from medical conditions such as Arthritis or Osteoporosis that tend to weaken the back, one must avoid indulging in strenuous physical work. Else, ensure that you use the proper stance and equipment to avoid any injury.
  • Injury: You must wear comfortable footwear with proper support and avoid high heels to prevent tripping or putting pressure on the spine. Besides, make sure you walk slowly, use handrails and install anti-skid mats in the bathroom to avoid tripping. While playing a game you must wear the proper safety gear and work out under the supervision of a professional.
  • Sedentary lifestyle: It is essential to exercise regularly to maintain good spine and back strength. Avoid sitting for longer hours and if doing a desk job you must use an ergonomic chair to support the back.
  • Obesity: It is essential to maintain an ideal body weight. Being obese puts pressure on the spine and can lead to back pain.
  • Lifting heavy objects: It is advisable to avoid lifting heavy objects or use the correct technique to do so. You must bend the knees while lifting to avoid spraining or pulling a muscle in the back. Your feet should be as apart as your shoulders and you should lift with the elbows bent.
  • Posture: It is essential to maintain a good posture to improve spine strength and prevent back pain. You should stand straight, avoid slouching in the chair or sitting with your legs crossed. You must sleep on a firm mattress to maintain the correct posture while sleeping.
  • Exercise: You should stay physically fit and do regular exercises to keep your back strong. Regular stretching exercises can also assist in maintaining the correct posture.

For more information on preventing back pain, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the spine surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.

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Back Pain Prevention: Orthopedic Frisco, TX

by Administrator 5. August 2015 10:59

Back is a complex structure comprising of muscles, nerves, bones and joints. Back pain can be caused due to injury to any these structures. Back pain can range from mild to severe and lead to symptoms such as limited range of motion, low flexibility, inability to stand straight, muscle spams and soreness.

Here are some tips to prevent back pain:

  • Strenuous physical work: If prone to back aches or suffering from medical disorders that weaken the back one must avoid strenuous physical work. However, if unavoidable ensure that you use the proper stance and equipment to avoid injuring the back.
  • Injury: Any slips or falls can injure the back and lead to severe complications. Ensure that you wear proper comfortable footwear, walk slowly, use handrails and install anti-skid mats in the bathroom, avoid stairs and avoid tripping. A back injury can take a long time to heal and one must protect the back. You should avoid high heels to reduce the chances of tripping and the pressure on the spine.
  • Sedentary lifestyle: It is essential to exercise regularly to maintain good spine health and back strength. Avoid sitting for longer hours and if doing a desk job you must use an ergonomic chair to support the back.
  • Obesity: In order to avoid back pain it is essential to maintain the appropriate body weight. Being obese puts pressure on the spine and can lead to back pain.
  • Lifting heavy objects: It is advisable to avoid lifting heavy objects and if necessary then use the right posture. You must bend the knees while lifting to avoid spraining or pulling a muscle in the back. Your feet should be as apart as your shoulders and you should lift with the elbows bent.
  • Posture: It is essential to maintain a good posture to improve spine strength and prevent back pain. You should stand straight, avoid slouching and use an ergonomic chair. Regular stretching exercises can assist in maintaining the correct posture. You must sleep on a firm mattress to maintain the correct posture while sleeping.
  • Exercise: You should maintain an active lifestyle and do regular exercises. However if playing a game or lifting weight your must wear the proper equipment and workout under the supervision of a professional. 
  • Avoid Smoking: Back pain can be prevented b y abstaining from smoking as it causes damage to the spine.

For more information on preventing back pain, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the spine specialists you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.

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Tips To Prevent Low Back Pain

by Administrator 21. July 2015 13:05

Low back pain occurs as a result of injury or progressive damage to the muscles, bones, ligaments, tissues or other structures in the lumbar spine. Most cases of low back pain are caused as a result of muscle strains due to improper bending or lifting. Although low back pain is a common problem, there are certain tips that you must follow to prevent it.

Some of the preventive measures are:

  • Exercise: Doing regular exercises can help to strengthen the core muscles and avoid injury to the lower back. Light physical activity decreases muscle tension, keeps the back flexible and increases blood flow to the spine. This maintains proper supply of essential nutrients to the spinal discs.
  • Lift Heavy Objects Correctly: Majority of low back injuries occur as a result of improper lifting habits. Thus, it is important that you take proper precautions while lifting heavy weights or picking an object from the ground. Make sure you squat instead of bend and keep your back straight to avoid putting pressure on your lower back.   
  • Maintain Healthy Weight: The ligaments and muscles in the lumbar support a large part of your total body weight. Excessive pressure or strain on this area can lead to chronic pain and discomfort. Thus, you should maintain a healthy weight to prevent low back pain.
  • Correct Your Posture: Low back pain is common in people whose job involves sitting in front of computers for long hours. You must pay attention to the type of chair you use and your posture to avoid sprains in the lower back. You should also take short breaks and stretch your back muscles after frequent intervals to remove pressure from the spine.
  • Sleeping Position: Ensuring a correct sleeping position can also help to reduce the incidence of low back pain. It is recommended to avoid sleeping on your back or stomach as this can strain the muscles in the lumbar spine. Using the right mattress, sleeping on your sides and putting a pillow under your knees can help to prevent low back pain.  
  • Avoid Sprains And Strains: Often, the lower back gets strained due to sudden twisting or overextending the muscles to reach an object. Therefore, you should refrain from such activities and limit strenuous movements to prevent exerting your back.

If you experience low back pain, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco for complete diagnosis and treatment. To schedule an appointment with the spine specialists, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502 or visit 5757 Warren Pkwy, Suite 180, Frisco, TX 75034.

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Back Pain Treatment In Frisco

by Administrator 21. April 2015 10:31

Back pain is a very common condition that affects most people at some point in their lives. The condition can be mild or severe and can affect the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions of the back. Most often, back pain is not a condition in itself but a symptom of some underlying medical problem.

Causes

  • Strenuous physical activity
  • Muscle sprain or strain
  • Poor posture habits
  • Ruptured or bulging discs
  • Injury to the vertebral discs
  • Degenerative Arthritis
  • Skeletal irregularities
  • Lifting something too heavy or in an improper manner
  • Abrupt or awkward movement of the back
  • Osteoporosis
  • Mentally stressful job
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Pregnancy
  • Excessive weight

Symptoms

  • Sudden or intermittent pain in the back muscles
  • Pain that radiates down the buttock and legs
  • Decreased range of motion of the back
  • Difficulty standing upright
  • Difficulty getting up from a chair
  • Pain increases with physical activity
  • Weakness, numbing and tingling sensation in one or both legs

Diagnosis

To diagnose back pain, the spine specialist may examine the patient physically and assess his ability to sit, stand, bend and lift the legs. The doctor may also recommend certain imaging tests to identify the exact cause of the pain. Once the extent of the condition is diagnosed the orthopedic surgeon devises a treatment plan.

Treatment

  • Rest: Taking sufficient rest will allow the back muscles to relax and heal on their own.
  • Medications: The spine specialist may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to relive pain and soreness in the back.
  • Activity Modification: The doctor may suggest you to make certain changes in your lifestyle, such as avoiding strenuous activities, maintaining correct posture, losing weight, being physically active etc.
  • Physical Therapy: The patient may also be suggested to perform light exercises to relieve back pain. Stretching exercises prescribed by the physical therapist may help to strengthen back muscles.
  • Injections: The spine surgeon may recommend certain injections to provide immediate relief to patients suffering from acute back pain.
  • Back Support: These may also be temporarily worn to provide support to the back and relax the affected muscles.
  • Surgery: This is usually recommended in cases where some underlying orthopedic condition, such as Spinal Stenosis, Arthritis, Scoliosis, spinal fractures, herniated discs etc., is the cause of back pain.

For comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of back pain, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with our spine specialist, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.

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