Back Pain

Sameer Syed, MD, MPH -  - Pain Management

Pain Treatment Institute

Sameer Syed, MD, MPH

Pain Management located in Plano, TX & Sherman, TX

Back pain is common, affecting up to 80% of the population at some point in their lives. It affects over three million people in the United States each year and is one of the main areas of pain in the body. If back pain bothers you and prevents you from enjoying everyday activities, board-certified provider Sameer Syed, MD, MPH, and his pain management team can help. Dr. Syed uses innovative treatments that ease back pain at the Pain Treatment Institute in Plano and Sherman, Texas. Call for more information about back pain treatment or use the online scheduler today.

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Back pain refers to discomfort within your back that negatively impacts your life. Symptoms of back pain include:

  • Dull, constant pain
  • Sudden, sharp pain
  • Shooting or stabbing pain
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Pain that improves with reclining
  • Discomfort that worsens when lifting or bending
  • Pain that radiates down your leg

Acute back pain usually comes on suddenly and lasts a few days or weeks, while chronic back pain can linger for several months or longer.

What causes back pain?

The cause of back pain isn’t always entirely clear. It might be due to:

  • Strained back muscles or ligaments
  • Muscle spasms
  • Arthritis
  • Bulging or ruptured discs
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoporosis
  • Abnormal curvature or other skeletal irregularities

Auto accidents, sports injuries, improper lifting techniques, and sudden or abrupt movements are common causes of back pain. Sometimes the pain is self-treatable, but in other cases, professional help with Dr. Syed is necessary for long-term pain relief.

How is back pain diagnosed?

Dr. Syed uses various methods to diagnose the cause of back pain. He reviews your medical history and symptoms and evaluates your upper, middle, or lower back during a physical examination.

Dr. Syed might order lab or imaging tests, such as X-rays, bone scans, CT scans, or MRIs, to make his diagnosis.

What is the treatment for back pain?

After determining the cause of your back pain, Dr. Syed discusses treatment options so you can get on the path toward pain relief. He might suggest:

Injections

Dr. Syed uses fluoroscopic and ultrasound-guided injections to ease pain and enhance healing so you can participate in your favorite everyday activities. He carefully guides needles into strategic points in your back for long-lasting relief.

At-home treatment

Sometimes at-home treatment, such as ice or heat therapy and rest, is all that’s needed to enhance healing and reduce back pain.

Natural therapies

Natural therapies often ease back pain due to an injury. Dr. Syed might recommend physical therapy, massage, or manual manipulation before trying pain medications.

Medication management

Pain medication and topical pain relief creams help relieve severe back pain that doesn’t go away with other treatments.

Surgery

Dr. Syed recommends the least invasive options first but understands that surgery is sometimes necessary to restore your back and spine to its original function and ease pain long term.

Don’t let back pain prevent you from enjoying your favorite activities, as some simple solutions are often within reach. Call Pain Treatment Institute to schedule an appointment today or use the online scheduler.