Allay Spine and Pain Management
Douglas Maxey, MD
Pain Management Physician and Anesthesiologist located in McKinney, TX
Back pain is not only extremely common, but it’s also the leading cause of disability in the United States today. At Allay Spine and Pain Management, Douglas Maxey, MD, a board-certified anesthesiologist and pain management physician, diagnoses the root cause of your back pain and offers a personalized treatment plan to heal your back and relieve your pain. Call the office in McKinney, Texas, or schedule a consultation online today for expert treatment for back pain.
Back Pain Q & A
What causes back pain?
Back pain can stem from the bones, muscles, connective tissue, and nerves in your back. It’s highly variable in severity and description. For example, back pain can be dull and throbbing, sharp and shooting, or even feel electrical.
You could have chronic back pain that is either constant or intermittent. Lower back pain is common, but you can also have pain in your middle or upper back.
This variability is in part due to the vast range of causes, including:
- Strained muscles
- Muscle spasm or trigger points
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Vertebral fractures
- Spinal stenosis
- Sacroiliac (SI) joint problems
Your risk of back pain increases with age and if you’re overweight. A sedentary lifestyle or a physically demanding career can also raise your chances of developing back pain.
When should I talk to a doctor about back pain?
Most minor back injuries, like a strained muscle, should heal on their own with a few days of rest and at-home care. You should make an appointment with Dr. Maxey if your back pain persists for more than a few days, gets worse instead of better, or is so severe that it limits your mobility.
You should also make an appointment with Dr. Maxey if you sustain a back injury while playing a sport, in an automobile collision, or from slipping and falling. Additionally, if you have any signs of nerve damage, like tingling or numbness, you should talk to him.
Chronic back pain can often lead to other problems, such as depression or substance use. Getting expert treatment can help relieve your pain and related symptoms to prevent these problems.
How is the cause of back pain diagnosed?
Dr. Maxey provides a comprehensive exam and testing to identify the condition causing your back pain. After reviewing your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history, he examines your back. He might ask you to perform some gentle stretches or movements.
When necessary, Dr. Maxey orders X-rays, an MRI, and other diagnostic tests to gather more information about your back pain and confirm your diagnosis.
How do you treat back pain?
Dr. Maxey provides personalized therapy to relieve your pain and restore your quality of life. Depending on your needs, your treatment plan could include:
- Back braces
- Trigger point injections
- Physical therapy
- Epidural steroid injections
- Facet joint injections
- Nerve blocks
- Facet joint rhizotomy
- SI joint injections and fusion
- Spinal pain pumps
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Regenerative medicine
Call Allay Spine and Pain Management today or make an appointment online today for expert diagnosis and treatment for back pain.