Back Pain Specialist

NeuroCare Partners

Board Certified Neurosurgeon located in The Woodlands, TX

Experiencing back pain is a common problem, and it can often become severely disabling. If you have back pain that isn't improving or is getting worse, board-certified neurosurgeon Mirza Baig, MD, of NeuroCare Partners in The Woodlands, Texas, can help. Dr. Baig and his team provide expert nonsurgical therapies as well as an extensive range of minimally invasive treatments and surgical options. To find out how to get relief from back pain, call NeuroCare Partners or use the online scheduling tool today.

Back Pain Q&A

Why do I have back pain?

Back pain is exceedingly common, with most people experiencing it at least once. Often, back pain is a result of muscle strain from making an awkward movement, overexerting yourself, or lifting something using the wrong technique.

Traumatic injuries from falls and auto accidents are also widespread causes of back pain, and playing sports can result in sprains, strains, and other injuries.

You might be born with a condition like scoliosis, which means your back has an abnormal sideways curvature. Or you may develop a disorder like osteoporosis in older age that makes you vulnerable to vertebral compression fractures.

Advancing age also leads to degenerative back problems such as:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Facet joint arthritis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Herniated discs are a leading cause of back pain. They often occur due to degenerative disc disease, where the discs between your vertebrae thin and harden with age, or as the result of trauma.

When a disc herniates, the soft core pushes through a weak spot in the outer shell, and pressure on the spinal nerves causes back pain. Sciatica (lumbar radiculopathy) is commonly due to a herniated disc.

How is back pain treated?

NeuroCare Partners approaches back pain treatment using conservative methods to start. These could include activity modification, physical therapy, and medication, and they’re often effective in resolving back pain.

For more stubborn cases, NeuroCare Partners has a range of cutting-edge nonsurgical treatments that can help, including:

Spinal injections

These are injections of anti-inflammatory steroid medication into the facet joints, lamina, or epidural space, often with a local anesthetic as well. Your provider uses a special type of moving X-ray called fluoroscopy to safely deliver the injection.

Radiofrequency ablation

Your provider uses radio wave energy to heat the nerve endings in your spine responsible for your pain. The heat destroys the nerves without damaging surrounding tissues, relieving pain until the nerves regrow.

Neuromodulation

An implantable spinal cord stimulator is a neuromodulation device that delivers electrical pulses to the spinal nerves. These pulses interfere with the signals traveling from your nerves to your brain, changing the sensation of pain.

Would I need surgery for my back pain?

If no other treatments are helping and back pain is having a serious impact on your quality of life, spine surgery might be necessary. Advanced procedures available at NeuroCare Partners include:

  • Anterior cervical disc fusion (ACDF)
  • Posterior cervical spine surgery
  • Lumbar microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar decompression and fusion surgery
  • Anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF)
  • Lumbar total disc replacement
  • Scoliosis and kyphosis surgery

Get the right treatment for your back pain by calling NeuroCare Partners today or booking an appointment online.