Back Pain

Neurosurgical Specialists of West County

Neurosurgeons located in Saint Louis, MO

Back pain is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting many people at least once in their lives. If you have chronic back pain, the experienced neurosurgeons at Neurosurgical Specialists of West County in St. Louis can help. They offer the latest on-site diagnostic testing to identify the cause of your back pain. They customize a treatment plan to address the root cause of your pain and enhance your mobility. Don’t let chronic back pain interfere with your quality of life. Schedule a consultation by phone today.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain can develop due to strains or overuse injuries in the muscles that support your back. However, if your pain becomes chronic and doesn’t get better with rest or medications, you may have a more serious condition affecting the health of your spine.

Common causes of chronic back pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Infection
  • Osteoporosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Nerve compression

Spinal stenosis, a narrowing of your spine associated with age or trauma, can also cause chronic back pain.

In some cases, back pain can be due to an unnatural curvature of your spine, a condition known as scoliosis.

How is back pain diagnosed?

Chronic back pain that lasts for three months or longer needs a professional evaluation from the experienced surgeons at Neurosurgical Specialists of West County. After a discussion of your health history and your symptoms, our specialist physically examines your back, testing your range of motion.

If your physician suspects your back pain relates to vertebrae damage, compressed nerves, or a herniated disc, they may order imaging tests like X-rays or an MRI.

These tests allow your physician to get a closer look at the structures of your spine to determine the extent of your condition and the origin of your pain.

What treatments are available for back pain?

Depending on the root cause of your back pain, your provider creates a custom treatment plan that initially may involve over-the-counter medications, physical therapy, and rest.

If you have serious spine conditions, like a herniated disc, advanced arthritis, instability, or scoliosis, you may need surgery. The surgical staff at Neurosurgical Specialists of West County offers minimally invasive and traditional surgical techniques to address your condition and alleviate back pain for the long term.

If you’ve been experiencing back pain, considering getting in touch with Neurosurgical Specialists of West County by phone today to learn more about available treatments.