Back Pain: Spine Surgeon talks New Therapies with The Googlechondriac

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Half of all working Americans say they suffer from back pain at least once a year–in fact only about 20% of Americans get through life without any back pain at all.

I’ll bet somebody out there right now is about to Google back pain.

Ortho Texas spine surgeon Dr. Rick Burg said he sees it all the time.

“The vast majority of the population will suffer from back pain in one form in some point in their lives.”

Dr. Burg said that people with bad backs don’t have to leave in pain anymore. Technology now offers many options–including those of the small variety.

“These days we’re focusing on minimally invasive spine procedures,” Dr. Burg said. “This is to avoid various pitfalls that are associated with a large operation. Patients are able to get back to their lives much quicker.”

And there is more good news. Dr. Burg said that in many cases no surgery is needed. Treatment options include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medicines and even acupuncture.

“Pain procedures are also valuable for mapping a patient’s pain and determining precisely where the pain is coming from,” Dr. Burg said. “Treatments are determined based on the results of these tests.”

Dr. Burg said patients need to be aware of all of their options and for that they’ll an expert. Dr. Burg suggests finding a surgeon who is fellowship trained and certified.

Location is also important. Dr. Burg performs many procedures at Forest Park Medical Center of Frisco.

“This sort of institution is not afraid to jump on board with the new technology that is required for these treatments,” Dr. Burg said.

If you’ve ever suffered from back pain you know it’s hard to work, play with your kids or even sleep.

But rest assured–you now have more options than ever and remember some don’t even require surgery.

“I think it’s important for patients to be able to do what makes them feel young and continue with the activities that make them happy,” Dr. Burg said.