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    Non-Surgical Ways of Managing Back Pain: Resources for Further Reading

    Last updated 5 years ago

    As uncomfortable and disruptive as back pain can be, not all patients are ready or qualify for spine surgery. In fact, with millions of Americans complaining of back pain each year, there are a number of non-surgical treatments available to treat the different causes and severities of back pain. Talk to your neurosurgeon about your options, and learn more about different options for back pain treatment in the resources below.

    • Nearly all individuals will experience back pain at some point in their lives, whether from external injury or an underlying medical condition. This fact sheet on low back pain provides more information about the causes and consequences of pain.
    • Instead of performing surgery to correct spinal deformities, your physician may recommend spinal bracing instead. This non-surgical and non-invasive treatment can help to treat a variety of conditions, including back pain, spondylosis, and fracture.
    • If you suffer from lumbar spinal stenosis, ask your spine specialist about epidural steroid injections to relieve back pain. Combining a corticosteroid with a local anesthetic, epidural steroid injections can provide immediate relief from pain and inflammation.

    The founder of Kraus Back and Neck Institute, Dr. Gary Kraus, MD is a leading Houston neurosurgeon specializing in spine health, spine surgery, and non-surgical spine treatments. For more information, please visit us online or call us today at (888) 816-8954 to schedule a consultation.

    Dr. Gary Kraus Helps Patients Achieve "A New Life... Without Pain"

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    • On June 29th, 2012, Dr. Kraus performed a spinal fusion on my L5-S1. Over the past 7 years, I have suffered from severe sciatica in my right leg. In addition, it was beginning to cause atrophy in my tibialis anterior muscle in my right leg. Finding Dr. Kraus was a true blessing. It has only been 5 weeks since he has performed the fusion, and I... More

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    Nothing puts a smile on our faces like hearing stories of our patients overcoming pain. Thank you for sharing your experiences, and please contact us if we can be of any assistance during your recovery. Best wishes!

    The founder of Kraus Back and Neck Institute, Dr. Gary Kraus is a leading Houston neurosurgeon specializing in spine health and pain management. For more information, please visit us online or call us today at (888) 816-8954 to schedule a consultation.

    Back-Strengthening Exercises for Less Pain and Injury

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Regular exercise is not only an important component of a healthy lifestyle but also an effective way to manage or prevent back pain. Certain exercises can strengthen back muscles and reduce your risk of injury, a common cause of chronic back pain. Ask your spine doctor for more back-strengthening exercise recommendations, and watch the video below for some back exercise demonstrations and tips.

    The founder of Kraus Back and Neck Institute, Gary Kraus, MD is a leading Houston neurosurgeon specializing in spine health, spine surgery, and non-surgical spine treatments. For more information, please visit us online or call us today at (888) 816-8954 to schedule a consultation.

    What are my Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Back Pain?

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Whether you experience occasional back pain or live in chronic discomfort, your spine specialist can recommend a treatment for you based on the severity and characteristics of your pain. While spine surgery may be necessary for some patients and their conditions, advances in medicine and technology now allow for a variety of non-surgical treatment options to effectively manage back pain. If you are ready to overcome your back pain, talk to your spine specialist today for more information about non-invasive procedures and treatment options.

    Physical Medicine Pain Treatments

    Physical medicine pain treatment, also known as physical therapy, is often recommended for individuals suffering from mechanical back pain, which can be caused by spine joint inflammation or a sprain of the muscles and ligaments. Physical therapy includes a number of modalities including exercise, traction, hot and cold, massage, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation, and your spine specialist can recommend the course of treatment best suited for you.

    Medications

    There are a number of pain medications that may be used alone or in conjunction with another pain management treatment method to alleviate back pain. Common medications your doctor may prescribe include acetaminophens, antihistamines, narcotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, ointments, and steroids.

    Epidural Steroid Injections

    Delivering a combination of local anesthetic and steroid medications to the area around the affected spinal nerves, epidural steroid injections are commonly used to treat back pain. These injections are usually performed using live x-ray technology to ensure that the medication reaches the targeted spinal region.

    Medial Branch Blocks

    If your back pain is caused by facet nerves or facet joins, ask your physician about a medial branch nerve block. A combination of steroids and anesthetics, these injections help to manage pain by temporarily interrupting the pain signal before it reaches your brain and causes the sensation of pain.

    The only way to determine which treatment option is the right one for you is to consult with an experienced neurosurgeon. The founder of Kraus Back and Neck Institute, Dr. Gary Kraus is a leading Houston neurosurgeon specializing in spine health, spine surgery, and non-surgical spine treatments. For more information, please visit us online or call us today at (888) 816-8954 to schedule a consultation.

    4 Common Causes of Back Pain

    Last updated 5 years ago

    Among the most commonly reported medical complaints in the United States, back pain affects up to 80% of all individuals at some point in their lifetime. Stemming from a variety of causes, including injury and underlying medical conditions, back pain should be evaluated by a spine specialist for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. If you suffer from back pain, schedule an appointment with your physician today, and learn more about the common causes of back pain.

    • Disc Conditions: Your spine is made up of vertebrae, which are separated by soft intervertebral discs that act as cushions, or shock absorbers. Over time, these discs can become damaged and rupture, putting pressure on the nerves along the spine. This pressure often leads to back pain in addition to causing numbness, tingling and weakness in the extremities.
    • Spondylolisthesis: Back pain may also be caused by a condition known as spondylolisthesis, which develops when one of your vertebra bones slips forward or backwards onto another vertebra. In addition to back pain, spondylolisthesis can lead to decreased range of motion, numbness, tingling, weakness, and the loss of bladder and bowel control.
    • Spinal Stenosis: Another common cause of back pain is spinal stenosis, a condition that describes a narrowing of the spinal column that puts pressure on the spinal cord. Spinal stenosis, in turn, can be caused by arthritis, bone diseases, herniated discs, or a direct injury to the spine.
    • Sciatica: Some individuals experience back pain due to sciatica, or compression of the sciatic nerve in the area where it leaves the spinal canal. Sciatica is often caused by herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, or piriformis syndrome.

    Chronic pain can often interfere with freedom of movement and quality of life. If you suffer from back pain, 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.

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