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Back Pain Specialist

Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute

Neurosurgeons located in Tulsa, Bartlesville, Sallisaw, Miami, & Claremore, OK

Almost everyone experiences back pain at some point in their life. Most cases of back pain resolve within a few weeks of at-home care. However, if your back pain isn’t getting better or the pain is severe, the skilled neurosurgeons at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute in Tulsa, Bartlesville, Sallisaw, Miami, and Claremore, Oklahoma, can help. They offer innovative diagnostic tests and treatments to help you get relief from back pain. To schedule a consultation, contact the office nearest you by phone today.

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Back pain is a common medical problem. The severity of the pain may range from a dull ache to a sharp stabbing sensation. 

Though back pain may include any area of your back, in most cases, back pain develops in the lumbar spine. Your lumbar spine is the lower part of your back that runs from the bottom of your ribs to the top of your buttocks.

This part of your back supports much of your upper body weight, which makes it more vulnerable to injury and pain. 

What causes back pain?

Back pain is usually caused by a mechanical issue that affects the structure or function of your back. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Strain or sprain
  • Trauma
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal deformity (scoliosis)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal fracture

Though less common, you can also develop back pain from conditions not related to your back, such as kidney stones or a urinary tract infection. Spinal tumors are also a rare but potential cause of back pain. 

What can I expect during a back pain consultation?

You can expect a comprehensive evaluation when you visit Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute for a back pain consultation. 

The neurosurgeons take a patient-centered approach to care and take the time needed to understand your symptoms so they can determine the cause and most effective treatment.

During the exam, your provider asks detailed questions about your symptoms, including the type and location of your pain, when your symptoms started, and the activities that alleviate or exacerbate your pain.

Your provider then conducts a physical exam and may request diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays, MRI, or CT scan, to determine the underlying cause of your back pain. 

How is back pain treated?

The team at Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute develops individualized treatment plans for back pain based on your diagnosis, symptoms, and medical history. They take a multidisciplinary approach and offer many therapies to help you get relief.

Your back pain treatment plan may include:

  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Physical therapy
  • Spinal injections
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Kyphoplasty (for vertebral fractures)
  • Artificial disc (disc problems)
  • Decompressive lumbar laminectomy
  • Lumbar fusion
  • Lumbar laminectomy
  • Spinal cord stimulator

The team works closely with you to develop a plan that provides the most relief from your back pain and helps you get back to your active lifestyle.

For innovative care for your back pain from a team who takes a patient-centered approach, call Oklahoma Spine & Brain Institute today.