Back Pain Treatment in Dallas, TX- Acute & Chronic
Finding the right treatment options for patients who suffer pain symptoms at the back can prove to be a difficult diagnosis. Consequently, finding the appropriate treatment can be a very complex journey. Added to the challenge are the many misconceptions about Back Pain, back surgery risks and the benefits of back surgery. Prior to surgery, many issues must be factored into consideration to successfully treat the patient.
What’s the difference between acute and chronic pain?
Back pain consists of two types of pain: acute and chronic pain. Both are dangerous and become more noticeable in advanced ages. In many cases, acute pain becomes troublesome for a patient who are victims of this disease. Generally, it is occurring between the ages of 30 to 50. The main cause of acute pain is intense pain experienced in the body and reported by some patients as being on same level as getting burnt.
Understanding the difference between acute and chronic Pain is crucial for both the patient and the physician in determining the best course of treatment. Acute pain is considered a condition that occurs in a sudden development, such as with an injury or accident.
Chronic pain has really only began to be treated in recent times. Before, it was considered a lingering pain. Now chronic pain is labeled as a separate and much different from acute pain.
What causes back pain?
The human back is a uniquely complicated structure of different bones, connective tissue (called ligaments), of a complex infrastructure of muscles, ligaments, flexible tissue which join the muscles with bones (called tendons) and discs for stability and support, and the section of our backbones that is cushioned with connective tissue is called cartilage. If any of these parts are displaced or damaged from any cause, then it leads to back pain.
Where does back pain occur?
Back pain is a familiar quandary that can cause serious sensations in the brain through the nervous system. According to doctors, It occurs at any location of a set of bones which are connected by muscles and ligaments. The condition is also noted as a serious disease which proceeds after heart and cancer ailment.
The main difference between chronic and acute pain is the duration period associated with both. Acute pain is characterized as any pain lasting less than three months whereas chronic pain goes beyond this period and minimal tissue healing is usually observed. Some of the common causes associated with chronic pain can be linked to a failed back surgery or fibromyalgia. The body’s nervous system can be seriously altered during the phases of chronic pain and this causes it to become more sensitive to pain.
How is back pain diagnosed in our clinic?
Basic identification of the Pain and symptoms can help determine acute pain. The factors which may have contributed to the pain will be determined during these phases.
Usually image techniques such as an X-ray or CT scan will be used to examined the area the patient is describing as having pain symptoms. If the doctor thinks it may be a compressed nerve, a diagnostic nerve block may be administered to help determine and identify the cause of the pain symptoms. This bloc is a numbing agent and will temporarily divert pain signals, therefore blocking pain signals traveling to the brain and as a result decrease the symptoms.
A diagnostic block is not very successful with chronic pain: in some cases the cause of the chronic pain may not easily be diagnosed. Exploratory surgery or surgical intervention may be needed to help with chronic pain of the back.
How is back pain treated by our doctors?
Most back pain is able to be treated successfully without surgery. This may include any or all of the following treatments at a Fort Worth or Dallas pain clinic:
- Medications – NSAIDS, Muscle Relaxers, Opiates
- Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, TENS Unit
- Spinal Decompression Therapy
- Interventional Procedures – Trigger Point Injections, Facet Blocks, Epidural Steroid Injections, PRP Therapy, Stem Cell Therapy, Medial Branch Blocks, Radiofrequency Ablation.
Well over 90% of back pain patients are able to achieve relief with treatment by a back pain doctor in Dallas. If one has back surgery and it fails, as a last resort a spinal cord stimulator may be indicated.