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When Back, Neck or Spine Pain Strikes

Let Kelsey-Seybold Orthopedic specialists help improve your quality of life.

We provide conservative, nonsurgical treatment options for the back, neck and spine.

If you suffer from back, neck or spine pain, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic can help improve your quality of life. ​Whether your condition was present from birth or is the result of an injury, trauma or degenerative disease, Kelsey-Seybold’s Spine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Interventional Pain Management specialists are your experts for treating the entire scope of the back, neck and spine with conservative, nonsurgical treatment options.

Back and neck pain has many different causes including:

  • Overuse, strenuous activity or heavy lifting
  • Trauma, injury or fractures
  • Degeneration of vertebrae caused by stress on the muscles and ligaments that support the spine
  • Effects of aging
  • Infection
  • Abnormal growth such as tumor
  • Obesity
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Muscle tension or spasm  
  • Joint problems such as arthritis
  • Smoking
  • Protruding or herniated disk and pinched nerve
  • Osteoporosis and compression fractures
  • Congenital abnormalities​ of the vertebrae and bones
  • Nerve decompression
  • Sprain or strain
  • Ligament or muscle tears

Back, Neck and Spine Conditions We Treat

Some common conditions of back, neck and spine we treat include, but are not limited to:

Herniated disc – A herniated disc develops when the soft inner nucleus of the vertebral disc in the spine pushes through the outer wall. The condition usually presents itself in the lower back, but can also show in the neck. Learn more about herniated disc.

Osteoporosis – Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to fracture. It usually affects the vertebra, also known as the bone of the spine. Learn more about osteoporosis.

Lumbar degenerative disease – This chronic degenerative condition of the lumbar spine affects the vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs of the lower back. Symptoms may include back pain or leg pain, numbness or tingling.

Facet joint syndrome – Facet joint syndrome occurs when these joints between the bones of the spine get stressed and damaged due to injury, wear and tear or disc degeneration.

Scarred nerves – After trauma, large cut or surgery around the nerves, scar tissue forms. When the patient moves, pressure is placed on the nerve because the scar tissue can pull on the nerve causing unrelenting pain.

Skeletal irregularities – Back pain can occur if your spine curves in an abnormal way. Scoliosis is an example of a skeletal condition in which your spine curves to the side.

Arthritis – Osteoarthritis can affect the lower back. In some cases, arthritis in the spine can lead to a narrowing space around the spinal chord, causing spinal stenosis.

Diagnosing Back, Neck and Spine Pain

When you meet with a Kelsey-Seybold Orthopedic or Sports Medicine physician, they will ask you details about your neck or back pain including:

  • Location of pain and discomfort.
  • Severity of pain and discomfort.
  • How often the pain occurs.
  • Any activities that trigger pain or discomfort.
  • Any previous conditions that might be related.

After performing a physical examination, your physician may order one or more imaging tests. These may include X-rays, computerized tomography (CT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or ultrasound. Once the results are in, your physician will determine a plan of treatment.

Rehabilitation for Back, Neck and Spine Pain

Active involvement of the patient and family is vital to the success of back, neck and spine rehabilitation. The goal is to help the patient return to the highest level of function and independence possible, while improving mobility. In order to help reach those goals, your back, neck and spine rehabilitation may include:

  • Exercise programs to improve strength, mobility and flexibility.
  • Assistance devices to help with independence.
  • Patient and family education and counseling.
  • Pain management techniques.
  • Gait (walking) and movement retraining.
  • Stress management.
  • Nutritional counseling.
  • Vocational counseling.
  • Work-related injury prevention programs.

Meet Your Spine Specialists for Life

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR)

Dr. Ayse Dural
Dr. Tammy Lai
Dr. Steve Kim

Interventional pain management

Dr. Ahmed Sewielam

Surgery of the spine (through our Affiliate Specialists at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Methodist and Texas Children’s Hospital; available by referral from your Kelsey-Seybold physician)
Dr. Stuart M. Weil
Dr. Ibraham Omeis
Dr. Alexander Ropper
Dr. Gareth Adams

Office evaluations and treatment

Dr. Ijeoma Nwaeze
Dr. Randal Stavinoha
Dr. Stephen Tabor
Dr. Jorge Velez
Dr. Christina Walker​​​​​​​​


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