Dr. James Allen Guess is a renowned spine specialist serving the residents of Carrollton, TX. He has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating injuries to the upper, middle or lower back.
The back comprises of several bones, ligaments, tissues and tendons that extend form the neck down to the pelvis. An injury to any of these structures can cause intense pain and obstruct your daily activities. Back injuries are usually caused due to trauma, poor body mechanics and age related abrasion of the bones, muscles or ligaments.
Common Back Injuries
Sprains: This can occur when the muscles and tendons surrounding the spine are stretched excessively, causing them to tear. Sprains are more commonly seen in upper and lower back. Symptoms may include pain, swelling, muscle spasms and decreased range of motion. Back sprain can be caused due to poor muscle strength, sudden twisting movements or a fall.
Strains: A back strain occurs when the muscles and tendons that provide support to the spine get twisted or torn. It can be a result of improper weight lifting techniques, inadequate warm up before exercise, repetitive bending or squatting etc. Individuals having a back strain may experience stiffness in the back, pain in the back as well as legs or buttocks, difficulty in bending etc.
Herniated Discs: Excessive pressure on the spine can cause the discs to weaken and protrude out of their normal position. This condition, known as a Herniated Disc, usually occurs when the back muscles are strained beyond their normal capacity, such as during physical activity, lifting heavy objects, twisting abruptly etc. Vertebral discs may also herniate due to Arthritis or age related wear and tear of the spinal bones. Its symptoms may include back pain, numbness, muscle weakness, tingling or burning sensation in the affected area etc.
Compression Fractures: These are the small cracks in the spinal vertebrae which are usually caused due to a traumatic injury or degenerative orthopedic conditions. People who have Osteoporosis may get compressions fractures while sneezing forcefully, bending to lift an object or turning forcefully.
Spondylolisthesis: This condition occurs when a vertebra get displaced from its normal position in the spinal column. Spondylolisthesis usually occurs in the lower back and develops as a result of a fall, direct blow to the back or a traumatic motor vehicle collision. The condition may cause pain in the back and buttock area, weakness or numbness in the legs, difficulty walking and pain the increases while bending or twisting.
For diagnosis and treatment of back injuries in Carrollton, TX, visit Dr. Guess. To schedule an appointment with the spine surgeon, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.