Discogenic Back Pain- Carrollton, TX
Dr. James Allen Guess is a leading spine surgeon providing medical services to patients across Carrollton, TX. He specializes in diagnosing and treating a wide range of spine conditions such as Discogenic Back Pain, Spinal Stenosis, Herniated Disc, Whiplash etc.

Discogenic Back Pain

The intervertebral disc in the spine comprises of annulus fibrosus, nucleus pulposus and two end plates. With age, the spinal discs undergo wear and tear which may trigger the development of various degenerative spine conditions, leading to Discogenic Back Pain. Activities that exert pressure on the intervertebral disc may further aggravate the condition.  

Risk Factors For Discogenic Back Pain

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Genetic factors

Causes Of Discogenic Back Pain

  • Medical conditions: Discogenic back pain may be caused by medical conditions such as Spinal Stenosis, Herniated Disc, lumbar sprain etc.
  • Structural changes in disc: Abnormal changes in the disc over a period of time can also lead to the condition.  
  • Other injuries: Falls or sports related injuries to the back may also induce Discogenic Back Pain.   

Symptoms Of Discogenic Back Pain

  • Lower back pain that may extend to thighs or legs
  • Weakness
  • Muscle spasms
  • Limited range of motion
  • Stiffness and numbness

Diagnosis Of Discogenic Back Pain

The doctor may physically examine the spine and check for various symptoms. He may evaluate the medical history of the patient. Imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI or CT scan may be recommended to determine the severity of the condition. The doctor may also conduct ultrasound imaging of intervertebral discs to locate the exact cause of pain.   

Treatment For Discogenic Back Pain  

Non-surgical treatment

  • Medications: Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to relieve pain. Cortisone injections may also be effective in reducing discomfort.  
  • Physical therapy: The doctor may suggest specific exercises to improve the condition. Physical therapy may also help in strengthening back muscles and improve joint mobility.  
  • Bracing: Wearing a brace may be recommended to support the back and restrict movements that may cause pain.
  • Activity modification: Switching to low impact activities may help to boost the healing process. Lifting heaving weights, smoking and other strenuous activities should be avoided.

Surgical treatment:

  • Disc replacement surgery: In this procedure, the damaged disc is replaced with an artificial one. This surgery is performed to restore the functionality of the spine and relieve pain.
  • Spinal fusion: This surgery involves fusing two or more vertebrae with the help of rods or metal plates.

For comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of Discogenic Back Pain, visit Dr. Guess. To schedule an appointment with the spine surgeon in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.