Your First Visit
At Spine Team Texas, our first goal is to ensure our patients are as comfortable as possible. That's why our friendly physicians and nurses are trained to provide expert back and neck care utilizing a simple, yet comprehensive, three-step process.
Health History & Consultation
One of the most important skills the Spine Team Texas staff maintains is the ability to listen to our patients. That's why when you first visit our facility, you'll have the opportunity to share your unique symptoms, personal medical history, and more, through our in-depth consultation process. During the conversation we may ask you a few questions, such as:
- When did your neck or back pain begin?
- What increases or decreases your back and neck discomfort?
- Is your back or neck pain better or worse in the morning or evening?
Through this process we're able to better understand your individual symptoms and assess which of our physicians would be best to conduct your physical examination.
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Diagnostic Testing & Physical Exam
During the physical examination portion of your visit, one of our spine-specialized physicians will perform an extensive evaluation to assess your overall physical health, including your state of flexibility, muscular fitness and current bone and nerve condition. We do this by performing a series of diagnostic procedures such as:
- Skeletal X-rays
- MRI or CT scans
- Bone scans
Customized Treatment Plan
After our physicians have thoroughly assessed your symptoms and examination results, we will work together with you to create a customized back and neck treatment plan based on our findings. These personalized back and neck treatment options may include one or more of the following components:
- Spine-focused physical therapy: a customized treatment program.
- Manual therapy: a physical therapist will provide hands-on movements to vertebrae and soft tissue areas to help relieve back and neck pain.
- Injections: Pain-relieving injections provide a bridge to physical therapy and can offer the physician important information about the problem.
- Minimally invasive spine surgery: a neurosurgeon will make a small incision to treat the problem, often on an outpatient basis.