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Neck And Back Pain

Austin Neurosurgical Institute

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery & Complex Spine Surgery located in Austin, TX

Neck and back pain can cause you to miss work and interfere with your ability to do daily chores and activities you enjoy. At Austin Neurosurgical Institute, accredited neurological surgeon Thomas Loftus, MD, FAANS, provides cutting-edge treatments to help relieve your back pain and restore your quality of life. If you have neck and back pain that is negatively affecting your quality of life, call the Austin, Texas, office today, or use the online tool to book a consultation.

Neck And Back Pain Q&A

What causes neck and back pain?

Neck and back pain can result from muscle, ligament, nerve, and spine injuries. Poor posture, trauma, and general wear-and-tear can also impact your back health. Some people have neck and back pain due to genetic conditions or diseases. 

Accidents and injuries, like a car accident or fall, can rupture a disc in the cervical (neck) spine or the lumbar (lower back) spine. These incidents can cause immediate pain and chronic pain later in life, especially if you don’t get proper care after the initial injury.

Conditions that cause neck and back pain include: 

  • Herniated discs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spondylolysis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Vertebral fractures

A mild case of neck or back pain usually resolves on its own within a few days. But if persistent pain is limiting your activity level, it’s time to seek care from Dr. Loftus. 

Are there non-surgical treatments for neck and back pain?

Dr. Loftus offers non-surgical treatments for neck and back pain that include:

  • Rest and gentle physical therapy
  • Pain and anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Spinal cord stimulators

These treatments are usually most effective for sprains, strains, or connective tissue damage.

Non-surgical treatments can relieve immediate pain if you have a disc herniation, structural abnormality, or spinal degeneration. In many of these cases, however, your best option is minimally invasive spine surgery to fully resolve the issues causing your neck and back pain.

What surgical interventions can relieve neck and back pain?

Minimally invasive spine surgery is a revolutionary way to reduce neck and back pain, especially when you have a degenerative spine condition like narrowing of the spinal canal (stenosis) or a herniated disc.

The type of surgical intervention you need depends on the nature of your pain and its cause. 

Dr. Loftus may recommend cervical or lumbar fusion, a discectomy, artificial disc replacement surgery, or other advanced neurological procedures to help you. His vast experience in

providing minimally invasive spine surgery makes him especially qualified to resolve cases of neck and back pain.

If you have neck and back pain, call Austin Neurosurgical Institute to find out about your treatment options, or use this website to schedule a consultation.