When you begin to experience back pain, you are looking for relief that is immediate, effective and long-lasting. To become pain-free as soon as possible, talk to your spine doctor to identify the treatment options that soothe symptoms and target the source of your pain. Because each patient is different and each case unique, working with a specialist can help you reach an accurate diagnosis more quickly and implement a tailored treatment plan.
- The first step towards effective treatment is an accurate diagnosis. This WebMD guide to back pain testing outlines the many methods your doctor can use to identify the exact cause and nature of your pain.
- Once your physician has identified the source of your pain, you can begin to review your back pain treatment options together. More aggressive than conservative treatments but less invasive than traditional surgery is minimally-invasive spine surgery, a procedure that has changed how neurosurgeons operate.
- While back pain can feel unbearable, some patients may not feel ready for a procedure like spinal surgery. To learn more about the differences between surgery and more conservative options, refer to this Mayo Clinic guide on when to consider back surgery.
For an expert and caring spine specialist, make an appointment with Kraus Back and Neck Institute today. The founder of KBNI, Dr. Gary Kraus is a leading Houston neurosurgeon specializing in spine health, spine surgery, and non-surgical spine treatments. Please visit us online or call us today at (888) 816-8954 to schedule a consultation.