Frequently Asked Questions About Back Pain

Turn to the Spine Institute of Nevada if you suffer from back pain in Las Vegas. Most adults will deal with back problems at some point in their lives. If you’ve noticed pain in your back when walking, standing, or sitting, you may have chronic or acute back pain. This pain can flare up and even spread to your extremities if left untreated. Don’t risk losing your mobility or enduring prolonged pain. Here at the Spine Institute of Nevada, we understand how frustrating back pain can be. We provide solutions for all types of back pain, be it in your lower or upper back, and at varying levels of severity. While we specialize in minimally invasive surgery (MIS), we provide comprehensive spinal care that includes non-surgical treatment and therapy. Read on to learn more about your back pain and spine treatment options.

What Is Causing My Back Pain?

High-impact accidents cause acute back pain. When you suffer a sport- or automobile-related injury, your vertebrae can become dislodged. Disrupting the vertebral joints in this way can cause painful stiffness. Herniated discs can also be the culprits behind acute back pain, pinching sensitive nerve tissue. Improperly lifting heavy objects and overstretching or twisting can also cause muscle tears that are responsible for acute back pain. If your back pain has persisted for an extended period of time, you are likely suffering from a chronic issue. Unlike acute back pain, chronic back problems are often the result of overuse and repetitive motions. Over time, these habits strain major muscle groups. Tumors, disc diseases, and other degenerative changes to your spine may also be responsible for your chronic back pain. Depending on your condition, your back pain could be the result of a recent injury, repeated daily movements, or an underlying illness. Contact our expert team to get to the root of your back problems.

What Are My Treatment Options for Back Pain?

At the Spine Institute of Nevada, we want to provide each of our patients with comprehensive spine care services that will alleviate their pain once and for all. We are dedicated to understanding the root cause of your pain, so we can best treat your body as a whole, rather than masking your symptoms. In the early stages of your treatment, we will conduct X-rays, MRIs, bone scans, and CT scans, among other tests, to gain a broad picture of what is going on inside your body. These safe tests cause only minimal discomfort and help ensure we get to the root of your back pain. We will determine whether your condition requires MIS, physical therapy, chiropractic care, or pain-relieving injections. Our team will work with you to determine which treatment method is best for your care. Thankfully, most of our patients can remedy their back pain with physical therapy. Few require minimally invasive surgery to soothe their pain.

How Do I Know If I Need Back Pain Treatment?

If you are suffering from back pain, you can benefit from our treatment. As one of the most respected orthopedic surgeons and doctors in Las Vegas, NV, Dr. Archie Perry provides Nevadans with the back pain relief they can trust. We never want our patients to go through unnecessary treatments or procedures. Our goal is to help alleviate your back pain in the simplest, most efficient way. The solution to your daily aches and pains could be as simple as learning a few exercises from our physical therapists. Don’t wait until the problem worsens and you’re stuck in the emergency room. Seek help for your back problems today and reclaim your mobility with a pain-free lifestyle.

What Is the Difference Between Acute and Chronic Back Pain?

When seeking treatment for your back problems, it can be helpful to discern whether your back pain is acute or chronic. This distinction helps our team find the treatment methods that are best suited to treat your back problem symptoms, and if necessary, the underlying cause of your pain. Acute back pain occurs all of a sudden. This type of pain is usually the result of an injury or another defined cause — for example, a fall or car accident. Chronic pain, on the other hand, persists for an extended period of time. You can endure chronic back pain for weeks or months at a time. It is usually associated with underlying conditions, such as arthritis or overuse.

When Is Surgery Required to Treat Back Pain?

Thankfully, surgery is rarely required when treating back pain. Back problems are so common that most can be solved with physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, or pain-relieving injection therapy. If you have a severe spinal deformity or an underlying disease affecting your spine, however, you will likely require surgery. At the Spine Institute of Nevada, we offer MIS procedures that boast short recovery times, little blood loss, and minimal scarring. So even if you do require surgery, we’ll make the process as painless as possible. Schedule an appointment with us today, so we can evaluate the severity of your back problems and determine whether conservative, non-surgical treatment is right for you.

Do I Have a Spinal Deformity?

The most common spinal deformities, scoliosis, and kyphosis are often found in children and are not life-threatening. Both conditions are relatively easy to detect. While the conditions might be accompanied by back pain, they are often visible in the afflicted individual. Scoliosis can be identified as a curve in the spine. Kyphosis occurs when there is too much rounding in the back, colloquially referred to as a hunchback. If you suspect you have either of these or another spinal deformity, please schedule an appointment with us soon. We can help to straighten your spine and set you on a path towards a healthy, pain-free back.

Contact Us Today to Treat Your Back Pain

There is no reason to continue living in pain. Take care of your spine and your overall health by scheduling an appointment with us today. We can help alleviate your back pain so you can get back to living the lifestyle you love.

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