Back Pain Specialist

DFW MDcare

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Plano, TX

In most cases of back pain, the pain goes away after a week or two. But what if it doesn't? Or if it keeps coming and going? Untreated back pain affects your quality of life, preventing you from continuing to enjoy the things you love doing. DFW MDcare in Plano, Texas, has a team of providers experienced in diagnosing and treating back pain symptoms and causes. Don't put up with a life of pain — call the practice or click the book online button.

Back Pain Q&A

What causes back pain?

You can classify back pain into three categories: strains, structural problems, and postural or movement problems.

Strains

Anything that places your back under stress can cause strain or injury. Common reasons for strain pain include twisting awkwardly and lifting something heavy or lifting incorrectly, causing muscle spasms, damaged discs, or pulled muscles or ligaments.

Structural problems

Structural back pain refers to pain that affects the spine. The spine comprises bones, discs, and cartilage, allowing plenty of opportunity for injury, deterioration, or damage. Common types of structural back pain include bulging, ruptured, or herniated disc, arthritis, osteoporosis, and sciatica. 

Postural or movement problems

Maintaining good posture and paying attention to how you move can prevent back and shoulder issues. Hunching over a desk, standing or sitting for long periods, or sleeping on an unsupportive mattress can all affect your back health.

The team at DFW MDcare welcomes patients with all types of back pain and helps restore pain-free mobility. 

How should I describe my back pain?

Back pain can exhibit in several ways, and it helps your provider if you can describe it. The following are terms that medical professionals use when talking about pain.

Radicular pain

Radicular pain is caused by nerve damage or irritation and feels like an electric shock shooting down the spine. It may continue into the leg or arm.

Axial pain

Axial pain is localized to one area or region. It can feel dull or sharp, throb or remain constant, and go away and return. Muscle strain is an example of axial pain.

Referred pain

Referred pain occurs when you overcompensate for pain in one area of your body, causing injury or strain in another. Back pain is commonly a cause and symptom of referred pain.

You don’t have to know these complex terms, but it can help your provider reach a faster diagnosis and treatment plan.

When should I see my doctor about back pain?

Persistent back pain can affect other parts of your body and your mental health. Make an appointment at DFW MDcare if you experience:

  • Numbness or tingling in the legs
  • Pain spreading down one or both legs
  • Pain accompanied by weight loss or fever
  • Pain after a fall or injury

Back pain can affect you at any age. The team at DFW MDcare creates individualized treatment programs tailored to your needs. Call today or book an appointment online.