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About My Pain

No matter which category type best describes your pain, it's recommended you see a spine-specialized physician in order to properly examine you and ensure an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. You can do this by calling Spine Team Texas at 817.442.9300 to make an appointment. Plus, you can reduce your wait time during your first visit by downloading, printing and completing, the required New Patient Questionnaire form here.

Types of Back and Neck Pain

In order to decipher what type of back or neck pain you may be suffering from, a Spine Team Texas staff member will take you through an initial exam and consultation. It is important to think through your symptoms prior to your appointment, and even write them down, as pain can sometimes come and go. The more able you are to aptly describe your symptoms and trace your pain, the quicker we can asses the cause of your pain. To help with this process, our experts may ask you some of the selected questions below. Your answers to these questions combined with the results from a comprehensive diagnostic study are an excellent way of deciphering what type of pain you may be suffering from and how to properly treat it.

Keep in mind everyone's pain and symptoms are different and of course, without a proper evaluation we can't determine your specific type of pain. However, we can help you better understand the most traditional types of pain associated with neck and back health issues using the common areas of pain listed below.

  • How would you describe the character of pain?
  • How would you rate the pain intensity on a scale of 1 – 10?
  • When did the pain first begin?
  • What increases or decreases discomfort?
  • Is it better or worse in the morning or evening?
  • Has the pain increased or spread since its onset?
  • Have you experienced any pain radiating down your arms or legs?
  • Have you experienced any of the following:
    • Fever
    • Severe headache
    • Dizziness
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Tingling sensation
    • Weakness
    • Numbness
    • Loss of bowl or bladder control

Cervical (Neck, Shoulders and Arms)
Pain in this area is often described as sharp, burning, or radiating, most commonly derived from the center of the neck. When pain radiates down to the arms causing weakness or a tingling sensation, it's typically associated with radiculopathy - pain resulting from one or more pinched nerves. The treatment options for this area of pain may include medication, pain-relieving injections and a variety of physical therapy techniques. Rarely is surgery required and you can rely on the team of experts at Spine Team Texas to exhaust all non-surgical options before recommending a minimally invasive surgical treatment.

Thoracic (Mid Back, Chest and Abdomen)
Pain in this area is commonly described as sharp, burning, or radiating. Thoracic pain sometimes radiates to the chest or abdomen. This is typically associated with radiculopathy, resulting in feelings of weakness, numbness, or tingling sensations caused by a pinched nerve. The treatment options for this area of pain may include medication, pain-relieving injections and a variety of physical therapy techniques. Rarely is surgery required and you can rely on the team of experts at Spine Team Texas to exhaust all non-surgical options before recommending a minimally invasive surgical treatment.

Lumbar (Low Back)
Pain in this area is commonly described as stabbing, sharp, achy, or burning. The treatment options for this area of pain may include anti-inflammatory medications, customized physical therapy typically lasting 4-6 weeks, and if necessary, a short course of pain-relieving injections. Rarely is surgery required and you can rely on the team of experts at Spine Team Texas to exhaust all non-surgical options before minimally invasive surgical treatments are considered.

Sacral (Hip and Legs)
Pain in this area is commonly described as stabbing, sharp, achy, electric or having a burning character. Pain radiating down the legs is typically caused by a pinched nerve. The treatment options for this area of pain typically include anti-inflamatory medications and a customized course of physical therapy typically lasting 4-6 weeks. Rarely is surgery required. You can rely on the experts at Spine Team Texas to exhaust all non-surgical options before recommending a minimally invasive surgical treatment.

 
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