Lower Back Pain Specialist

Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders

Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Houston, TX

It’s estimated that as much as 85% of people experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. While back pain can resolve on its own, if your pain lingers for more than five days, Jose E. Rodriguez-Cordova, MD, FACS, and the team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders in Houston recommend you schedule an appointment for an evaluation and treatment plan. Call the office or book an appointment online today if you’re suffering from persistent back pain.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

You may be experiencing back pain for any number of reasons. It can occur due to injury or as a result of aging that’s affected the health of your spine.

Common conditions that lead to back pain include:

  • Muscle or ligament strain caused by an injury
  • Disc degeneration
  • Herniated disc
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis

Although not as common, cancer and vascular disease can also lead to back pain. If you’re experiencing back pain that doesn’t go away, even with rest, you should have it evaluated by the team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders.

How is back pain managed?

The team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders manage most cases of back pain without surgery, and can help you feel more like your usual self within a few weeks. When you come in for care, the team conducts a thorough evaluation of your back and reviews your symptoms, onset of pain, and medical history. Then, the team develops a personalized treatment plan that helps you get relief from your pain.

Treatment for back pain generally includes medication and lifestyle modification. If pain persists, the team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders may recommend exercises to help improve the strength and mobility of the muscles in your back for better support.

What if my back pain does not improve?

If your pain doesn’t resolve within a few weeks, the team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders conduct a more extensive workup, which may include diagnostic imaging, to find the root cause of your back pain.

Once the cause is identified, treatment is targeted to improve the underlying issue responsible for your discomfort. Your treatment may include:

  • Pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Traction

Surgery isn’t always recommended for back pain, but if it’s necessary, the team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders are experts at minimally invasive treatments to reduce your risk and recovery time. Examples of surgical procedures for back conditions include:

  • Spinal fusion
  • Laminectomy
  • Discectomy
  • Disc replacement

The team at Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders also offers laser surgery for herniated discs, but only on a case-by-case basis.

For diagnosis and management of your back pain, call Orthopaedic Institute For Spinal Disorders or schedule a consultation online today.