About This Condition
About Back Pain
Time and age, as well as heredity, body weight, diet and activity levels also play a role, as do degenerative disc disease and autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. Several lower back conditions can affect the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the body, which branches out from the lower spine into the legs. Back pain can range in severity from irritating to incapacitating. Treatments for back pain range from over the counter medications, to physical therapy and exercise, prescription pain relievers, and surgery. Given the complex nature of back pain, and the number and types of available treatment options, back pain that is pronounced or persistent should be evaluated by experienced medical professionals.
Back Pain and Treatment Specialists at UT Health Austin
The UT Health Austin Musculoskeletal Institute includes back pain specialists who will work with you to help reduce your pain and improve function for your everyday life. Your evaluation will include a thorough medical history and physical examination by a medical provider as well as a rehabilitation expert. If needed, diagnostic testing like x-rays can be done at our facility, however, in some cases, these may not be necessary. Based on the type and severity of your back pain, the team will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that may be as simple as an exercise program you can do on your own or more aggressive treatment with medications and/or injections. Your UT Health Austin back pain specialist will help you understand the risks and benefits of your treatment plans and fully support you during your recovery.
Care Team Approach
We have assembled a team of experts that includes back pain doctors, physiatrists, physical therapists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and social workers. This team enables us to provide the right care for the right patient at the right time. For some patients, nonsurgical interventions such as lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, medication and injections can help improve pain and function, while surgery may be the best course of action for others. Whatever your needs, our team is here to listen and work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you.