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Back and Spine Care

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Back pain is the second most common cause of missed workdays due to illness and the most common cause of disability.

Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas offers advanced, personalized treatment for back pain. Our multidisciplinary medical approach integrates experienced physicians on the medical staff with advanced technologies and pioneering research to provide innovative patient care.

Spine Specialists Focused on Your Health

At Baylor Dallas, patients have access to physicians and surgeons on ou​r medical staff, including:

  • Neurologists
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Orthopedic surgeons
  • Pain management specialists
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians
  • Physical and occupational therapists

These experts provide both surgical and non-surgical treatment for spine conditions that include but are not limited to:

  • Arthritis of the spine (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid)
  • Bone spurs and overgrowths
  • Degenerative disc disease (cervical, thoracic, lumbar)
  • Herniated discs (cervical, thoracic, lumbar)
  • Myofascial pain (inflammation of muscles and ligaments)
  • Osteoporosis of the spine
  • Pinched nerves
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal deformities (scoliosis, kyphosis)
  • Spinal injuries
  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of spinal canal)
  • Spine tumors

Diagnosis

Finding the root cause of pain, and specifically pinpo​inting the cause for back pain, can be difficult because there are so many possible causes. Our specialists use advanced equipment to quickly find the source of your pain, including:

  • Neck X-ray
  • Thoracic spine X-ray
  • Lumbosacral spine X-ray
  • Computerized axial tomographic scan (CT or CAT scan)
  • Lumbosacral spine MRI
  • Spine MRI
  • Myelogram
  • Discectomy
  • Electromyogram (EMG)
  • Bone scan

Our goal is to provide effective and safe treatment that allows patients to return to an active lifestyle as soon as possible.

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Interventional Pain Management

A broad range of interventional pain management procedures are also available for the treatment of back and neck pain. Options include minimally invasive, nonsurgical procedures designed to treat, not mask, the problem. Interventional pain management procedures include:

  • Diagnostic and therapeutic neural block procedures
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Neurolytic procedures
  • Sympathetic blocks
  • Radiofrequency thermocoagulation
  • Cryoneurolysis

Nonsurgical Treatment Options

Often, the best solution is nonsurgical. Baylor University Medical Center offers a comprehensive program of rehabilitation and physical therapy, including:

  • Decompression traction
  • Exercise programs
  • Fitness center
  • Trigger point injections
  • Botox injections
  • Work-strengthening programs
  • Massage therapy

Advanced Surgical Approaches

Sometimes, surgery is determined to be the procedure that will result in the best outcome. The neurological and orthopedic surgeons on the medical staff of Baylor University Medical Center have advanced training in the latest technology and focus on minimally invasive surgical procedures. Treatment methods focus on reducing surgical trauma and pain and accelerating recovery.

Procedures include, but are not limited to:

  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Anterior cervical discectomy
  • Bone graft spine fusion
  • Kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty 
  • Posterior lumbar discectomy
  • Posterior lumbar decompression/laminectomy
  • Spine fusion (anterior and posterior)
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Spinal cord stimulator/neuromodulation therapy
  • X-Stop®

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