Our specialty-trained back doctors at North Louisiana Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic are experts in providing experienced care for patients’ back injuries and conditions.
While back doctors are medical experts who understand the back, neck, and spine, they also recognize that for a person who has back pain, the top priority is to eliminate the pain as soon as possible, which is why a back doctor’s experience is so necessary. To help each patient achieve the best possible outcomes, they must accomplish two things at once. First, offer help to ease any immediate symptoms. Secondly—and even more importantly—back specialists must identify the source of the problem and find ways to treat it, so the pain doesn’t return, or if it does, it is much more manageable than it was before.
The types of back issues and patients that back doctors treat range from young athletes who are injured while playing sports to older people with a degenerative bone condition, like osteoporosis. The conditions causing the back pain can also involve nerves and soft tissues of the back. While nonsurgical methods can often be used to treat these back issues, some of them do require surgery.
When It’s Time to Seek Back Care
Take note of the symptoms you are experiencing and communicate those to your doctor so they will have a better understanding of what may be happening. Here are just some of the symptoms that people with back problems typically have:
- Leg aches
- Low back pain or stiffness
- Muscular back spasms
- Pain after lifting
- Pain that is worse in the morning
- Pain that radiates from the lower back to the buttocks and gets worse when sitting
- Stooped posture
- Sudden bursts of back pain
If any of these symptoms describe your issue, it’s possible that you may have one of these back conditions or injuries:
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Back arthritis
- Facet syndrome
- Herniated disc
- Lumbar radiculopathy (sciatica)
- Spinal cord injury
- Spinal stenosis
- Spondylolisthesis (degenerative or spondylotic)
- Trapezius strain
Back pain can have a negative effect on your life, leaving you unable to complete everyday tasks. If the pain and underlying condition remain untreated, there is a risk of further injury or damage occurring, which is why it’s imperative to contact one of our specialists and set up a consultation. Call us today at (318) 362-4411 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online. We have clinics in Monroe, Ruston, and West Monroe, and we also offer rehabilitation services at our Monroe Rehab and West Monroe Rehab facilities.
Our doctors understand that some injuries require immediate attention. If your back pain can’t wait, visit our Orthopaedic After Hours Clinic at our main location in Monroe. Walk-ins are welcome, and no appointment is necessary.
Expert Back Care You Can Trust
At North Louisiana Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Clinic, our board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons, Dr. Jeffrey Counts, Dr. James Finley, Dr. Kristopher Sirmon, Dr. Timothy “Daven” Spires Jr. and Dr. Stanley D. Crawford are experts at understanding the multitude of back issues that exist and the most appropriate ways to treat them. Our back surgeons and doctors believe in exhausting all conservative treatments first, such as physical therapy or injections, before considering a medical procedure or surgery. However, if our surgeons diagnose your spine damage as severe, they may recommend surgery and will educate you about the process, which includes what you need to consider, how you can prepare for surgery, and what you can expect during recovery.
Our specialty-trained physical therapists work closely with our back surgeons and doctors to provide each patient with a personalized treatment plan. Our expert therapists are dedicated to helping all patients return to their daily activities quickly and safely, combining specific activities and exercises in ensuring that patients can restore joint and muscular function, strength, and range of motion.
If you have concerns about your back and spine, schedule an appointment to talk through your options with one of our expertly trained back surgeons or doctor by calling us at (318) 362-4411 or requesting an appointment online.
Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection
This injection procedure is performed to relieve low back and radiating leg pain. Steroid medication can reduce the swelling and inflammation caused by spinal conditions.