Spine Pain

Magnolia Pain Associates

Nina Sandhu, DO

Pain Management Physician & Anesthesiologist located in Dallas, TX & Corsicana, TX

Our bodies are remarkable inventions, able to bend, flex, feel, and move with a network of muscles, bones, and nerves. The spine is at the center of this network, and when you experience spine pain, it can be debilitating. Nina Sandhu, DO uses the latest techniques and research to fix pain associated with your spine. Call Magnolia Pain Associates in Dallas, Texas or book an appointment online to find relief from spine pain.

Spine Pain Q & A

What are the symptoms of spine pain?

Back pain, or spine pain, is a common complaint, one of the most frequently heard from patients in the United States. Symptoms can range from a dull ache to a sharp sensation. Often, your range of motion is limited, and your muscles are stiff. You may be unable to stand up straight.

The pain can be considered acute, which means that it’s temporary and doesn’t last longer than six weeks, or chronic, lasting longer than three months. Chronic pain tends to slowly develop while acute conditions are fast, like when you injure yourself lifting a box.

What increases my risk of spine pain?

Spine pain is common, but some factors increase the likelihood that you will have an episode of pain:

  • Genetic factors
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis
  • Certain types of cancer
  • Overuse or strain
  • Vitamin deficiency

In addition, age, being overweight, and race can play a part in the development of back pain. You’re also likely to suffer from back pain if you frequently cough from smoking.

How is spine pain treated?

After determining whether your back pain is acute or chronic, Dr. Sandhu decides the best protocol for relief. While acute pain usually resolves on its own, she can suggest medication and an exercise program to alleviate symptoms.

With chronic pain, Dr. Sandhu uses a variety of techniques that can include medication, exercise, or behavioral modification. Occasionally, surgery is necessary to completely alleviate pain.

When is surgery necessary to treat spine pain?

Several conditions can only be remediated through surgery. Disorders that often lead to back pain that might require surgery include:

  • Ruptured or herniated disks
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Fractures of the vertebrae
  • Degenerative disk disease
  • A tumor pressing on a nerve or impacting the space for the vertebrae

Dr. Sandhu gives each patient a comprehensive physical exam that identifies any associated conditions that could require surgery.

How can I prevent spine pain?

There are several strategies that you can use to reduce your risk of common spine injuries:

  • Never lift standing straight or with your knees locked
  • Exercise your core muscles
  • Maintain good posture
  • Keep a healthy weight

Contact Dr. Sandhu for more advice on how to prevent spine pain or to find relief from current pain. Call or book online to visit Dr. Sandhu at Magnolia Pain Associates.

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