Advanced Solutions for Back and Neck Pain
Eight out of 10 adults experience debilitating back or neck pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is the second most common cause of missed workdays due to illness, and the most common cause of disability.
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Trophy Club offers the local Dallas/Fort Worth area sophisticated solutions for back or neck pain.
Focused on Your Individual Needs
At Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Trophy Club, patients have access to expert health care professionals based in the DFW area, such as physical and occupational therapists, as well as physicians on the medical staff including orthopedic surgeons and pain management specialists.
Improving Your Spine Health
We do our best to stay healthy, but most of us neglect our spine's health, even though it literally carries most of the weight. Here are some easy tips to keep your back in peak condition.
- Perfect your Posture. Slouching or leaning forward when you sit can create increased pressure on the spinal discs and thus excess wear and tear over time, leading to muscle tension in your back and your neck. Be more aware of your posture and get a lumbar roll to help position your lower back in slight extension while you sit for prolonged periods.
- Think before lifiting. When moving something heavy, clear a path, assess the load, bend at the knees and lift with your legs rather than your back.
- Stretch Out. Sitting in one position for too long can cause muscle fatigue, strain and tension. Take breaks to move and stretch.
- Reconsider your footwear. They look pretty, but high heels can throw off your posture and spine alignment. A chunky, supportive heel that’s 2- to 2.5-inches high is optimal.
- Stay Active. As adults, we’re not naturally as fit and flexible as we once were, so make time for cardiovascular exercise and strength training to support your spine—and the muscles that support it.
- Recognize the signs and symptoms of injury. They include weakness, numbness, pain and loss of function in the back, hip or the extremity.
- Be Proactive. Signs and symptoms should be reported to a physician as soon as they begin, especially if they don’t resolve with time or if they begin to affect your quality of life.
If you develop signs and symptoms of back pain, talk to your physician as soon as possible. The sooner the treatment begins, the better.
Is Spine Surgery Right For You?
As with any surgical procedure, back surgery isn’t an easy decision. But, there are times when it’s the best treatment option. If you’re considering surgery, here are some instances that may warrant it.
You’ve exhausted all other avenues of treatment
In general, back pain alone does not mean surgery is necessary. Six weeks of trying non-surgical options, such as medication and physical therapy, is standard before considering surgery.
Low back pain occurs alone or can be associated with leg pain. Back pain associated with leg pain can be more concerning. The leg pain is key because it’s an indication that something is physically compressing the nerves as they exit the spine, such as a herniated disc. In this case, surgery may be necessary for relief because it will directly treat the cause of the pain.
Pain is debilitating
People who do well with surgery are those who have met several criteria and are debilitated by their pain. If the pain is so extreme it’s affecting your daily activities, ability to function, relationships and job, surgery may be a good option.
Whatever you decide, learn all you can about your options. It’s critically important to understand the cause of the pain, the diagnosis, the procedure, what recovery is like and what your expectations should be. Surgery is not going to remove all pain in all patients all the time, but for most, when indicated, it can make a remarkable difference in improving the pain and their lives over all.