Back Pain Evaluations
At Nebraska Spine + Pain Center, we are prepared to identify and treat the source of your back pain or spinal discomfort with confidence.
Our medical evaluations begin with an open discussion about your symptoms and pain levels, followed by a look at the anatomy of your muscular and skeletal systems using detailed imaging.
Our treatment plans are based around the demands of your lifestyle. We make it a priority to educate our patients about the options available to them–whether those options include surgical or non-surgical treatments.
COMMON BACK PAIN CONDITIONS:
This is the term used to describe pain from the muscle tissue or fascia. This type of pain can be due to an injury or muscle strain, such as whiplash from a car accident, or caused by overuse. Sometimes this pain develops without any specific cause.
Sacroiliiac Joint Pain
The Sacroiliiac Joints, commonly referred to as the SI joints, are located just below the lumbar spine on each side of the pelvis. This joint can cause pain as it becomes degenerative, or if the joint ligaments become stretched or injured. The location and character of this pain can be described very much like other lumbar spine problems. It takes a thorough history and physical exam to diagnose SI joint pain and rule out other spine sources.
Facet Joint Pain
Facet joints are small joints between each vertebra. These joints move when the spine bends and twists. Pain from these joints is usually associated with degenerative changes or osteoarthritis.
This is a term used to describe residual pain after recovering from spine surgery, also called Failed Back Syndrome. This can be residual low back pain or leg pain after lumbar spine surgery, and neck or arm pain after cervical spine surgery.
This can be a “pinched nerve” or narrowed spinal canal that can cause back pain with or without leg pain. The typical presentation is difficulty or pain with standing or walking.
Decreased height to the cartilage in the back. This can give back pain alone or also cause leg pain as the pathology progresses. Typical presentation is difficulty in prolonged positions. People often like to or have to change positions frequently.
A compression of a bone in the back with or without an injury. If there is an injury, such as a fall, the back pain can be quite severe. It will usually be very difficult to move out of positions. For example, a great deal of pain with sitting to standing or trying to lie down.
Disc herniations can cause back pain and/or leg pain. Sometimes have buttock and leg pain alone and no back pain.
For Adolescents Pars Fracture
A stress injury to the bone in the back. Commonly seen in teenagers involved in a significant amount of sports and weight lifting.
Remember, the evaluation of any of the above conditions starts with a proper exam along with a discussion of your symptoms with an NSPC provider.
Call us at (402) 496-0404 to schedule an appointment for a personalized back pain evaluation.