Skilled Pain Care Clinic
Anesthesiologists & Pain Management Physicians located in Houston, TX & Katy, TX
The back is a complex structure of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, and it’s a common source of pain and reduced mobility. If you experience back pain that doesn’t seem to go away and is causing you to worry, Skilled Pain Care Clinic in Houston and Katy, Texas, provides a number of effective nonsurgical treatments. With over 19 years of experience, leading physician Syed Nasir, MD, specializes in a full range of interventional pain management services. To speak with Dr. Nasir about your back pain, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Back Pain Q & A
What causes back pain?
A number of different injuries and conditions can cause back pain. Most patients are able to recover from their back pain, but a small number experience back pain that keeps coming back or doesn’t go away on its own.
In most cases, back pain is mechanical — it’s caused by misuse and abnormal stress placed on the back. Strained muscles and sprained ligaments are leading causes of back pain.
Sprains and strains commonly happen as a result of overextension, overuse, and injuries that put stress on the ligaments, muscles, and joints in your back.
Sprains and strains are common in activities that require repetitive overhead movements, heavy lifting, or twisting of the spine. Improper lifting, poor posture, and lack of exercise increase your risk of back pain.
Back pain can also result from conditions that affect the structures of your back. Some of these conditions include:
- Spinal stenosis
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Herniated or bulging disc
- Degenerative disc disease
In many cases, back surgery doesn’t result in the intended relief of back pain. At Skilled Pain Care Clinic, the team offers a number of safe and effective nonsurgical treatments for both acute and chronic back pain.
What is chronic back pain?
Although less common than acute back pain, chronic back pain can be debilitating and limit the quality of your life. Chronic back pain refers to any back pain that lasts longer than three months.
Chronic back pain can come on gradually as a result of years of misuse or poor posture. Sudden, traumatic injuries can also cause chronic back pain.
Suffering from a chronic condition like arthritis or fibromyalgia can also result in back pain that comes and goes. If you experience persistent back pain, a number of effective ways to manage your condition and achieve long-lasting relief are available.
How is back pain treated?
During your first appointment, Dr. Nasir does an in-depth health evaluation, including a physical exam, imaging tests, and a discussion of your medical history. Dr. Nasir uses this information to diagnose your condition and develop your treatment.
Depending on your condition, Dr. Nasir could recommend a number of effective treatments, including:
- Physical therapy
- Nerve blocks
- Pain medication
- Trigger point injections
- Intrathecal pump
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator
Dr. Nasir offers a number of injections, including epidural and facet joint injections, to provide effective pain relief. The practice also offers radiofrequency ablation, a minimally invasive procedure that interrupts the pain signals in your spine.
To find out which treatment is right for you, call the office or book an appointment online today.