Lower back pain is a leading cause of disability for adults around the world. If you’re limited by chronic back pain from sciatica, osteoarthritis, or other conditions, you can find help at the office of Thomas Synek, MD. As an interventional pain specialist, Dr. Synek has extensive experience in customizing plans using advanced treatments like ultrasound-guided injections, spinal cord stimulation, and regenerative medicine therapies to ease back pain and improve the health of your spine. Call the pain management office in Spring, Texas, to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online today.

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What causes back pain?

Back pain can result from falls or other injuries that strain the muscles supporting your spine. This type of back pain is typically acute, lasting less than six weeks.

Chronic back pain lasts longer than six months and may be the result of more serious injuries, aging, or degenerative diseases. Sciatica is a common cause of lower back pain. Other causes of chronic back pain can include:

  • Sciatica
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Stress fractures
  • Degenerative disc disease

While anyone is at risk for back pain, your risk may be higher if you work in a job that requires heavy lifting, if you smoke, or if you’re obese. Getting older can also increase your risk for chronic back pain.

When should I seek treatment for back pain?

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at the office of Thomas Synek, MD, for back pain that doesn’t go away with rest and over-the-counter medications. You should also seek medical attention if your back pain continues to worsen, even with treatment.

Dr. Synek offers a variety of in-office diagnostic technologies, including computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and electrodiagnostic testing (EDX), to identify the root cause of your back pain. He also performs a physical exam to test the range of motion in your spine.

Based on the severity of your symptoms and your test results, Dr. Synek personalizes a pain management plan to increase your comfort and your mobility.

How is back pain treated?

Your treatment plan for back pain may initially involve prescription medications to reduce persistent inflammation and pain. Dr. Synek can also refer you for physical therapy or aquatic therapy to improve the strength of the muscles in your back.

To address spine pain, Dr. Synek can determine if you’re a candidate for treatments like ultrasound-guided injections or X-ray guided injections that deliver anti-inflammatory and anesthetic medications directly into your spine.

Other treatments for back pain and spine pain include:

  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Stem cell injections
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Intrathecal pain pumps
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy

Dr. Synek also provides resources like meditation and relaxation techniques to help you cope with back pain. He can refer you for cognitive behavioral therapy, so you can better understand how to live a full life despite your condition.

To schedule a diagnostic evaluation for back pain, call the office of Thomas Synek, MD, today or book a consultation online.