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Back Pain Specialist

Rob Dickerman, DO, PhD, FACOS

Neurosurgeons & Spine Surgeons located in Frisco, TX

While occasional back pain affects almost everyone from time to time, you shouldn’t ignore chronic back pain. At the office of Rob Dickerman, DO, PhD, FACOS, you can find both conservative and surgical solutions to treat the many causes of chronic back pain. Dr. Dickerman and the team offer on-site testing to uncover the cause of your back pain. They also specialize in personalized treatment plans that provide long-lasting relief of pain, so you can regain your physically active lifestyle. Call the Frisco, Texas, office to schedule an evaluation for back pain or request an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q&A

What causes back pain?

Acute back pain may start because of strained muscles from poor posture, overuse, falls, or other minor injuries. This type of back pain typically lasts less than six weeks and is treatable with over-the-counter medications and rest.

When your pain becomes chronic, lasting longer than six months, it may be the result of a traumatic spine injury or a degenerative disease.

Some of the common causes of back pain diagnosed and treated by Dr. Dickerman and the team include:

  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Any of these conditions can affect your cervical (upper spine), thoracic (middle) spine, or lumbar (lower) spine.

You can also develop chronic lower back pain because of sciatica. This condition describes inflammation in the sciatic nerve, the large nerve that runs from your lower spine down into your hips, legs, and feet.

When should I seek treatment for back pain?

Back pain is a leading cause of missed workdays. Ignoring persistent back pain can increase your risk for additional complications, including disability.

If you’re unable to perform your job duties or find it difficult to take care of your personal responsibilities because of back pain, you should schedule a diagnostic evaluation at the office of Rob Dickerman, DO, PhD, FACOS.

Dr. Dickerman and the team offer comprehensive diagnostic testing in-office to accurately diagnose the root cause of your back pain. You may need X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or other imaging tests to identify conditions like arthritis and a herniated disc.

Based on the results of a physical exam and imaging tests, the team customizes a treatment plan to relieve your pain and improve your mobility.

How is back pain treated?

Initially, your treatment plan for back pain focuses on pain relief through conservative, nonsurgical means. This can include medications, myofascial treatments, physical therapy, and chiropractic care. Dr. Dickerman also offers a variety of injectable therapies to deliver medication directly into your spine.

If these therapies aren’t enough to get you back to work, you may be a candidate for surgery. Dr. Dickerman specializes in a variety of minimally invasive spine surgeries, including:

  • Spinal fusion
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Lumbar disc arthroplasty
  • Discectomy and microdiscectomy
  • Spinal cord stimulator implant surgery

You may also be a candidate for an intrathecal pump, an implantable device that delivers medications directly into your spine to relieve pain at its source. Dr. Dickerman performs implant surgery on-site using advanced, minimally invasive techniques.

Following spine surgery, you may benefit from physical therapy and other rehabilitative services to get back to your routine faster and with less pain.

You don’t need to suffer with back pain another day. Call the office of Rob Dickerman, DO, PhD, FACOS, to schedule a diagnostic evaluation or request an appointment online today.