Back Pain Specialist

Evolution Pain and Spine

Interventional Pain Management Physician located in League City, TX & Lake Jackson, TX

Back pain is a leading cause of lost work and disability. If you have back pain that’s interfering with your life, visit Evolution Pain and Spine in League City, Lake Jackson and Sugarland, Texas. As a double board-certified interventional pain management and physical medicine specialist, Sunil Thomas, MD, provides personalized treatment plans to relieve your pain and restore your quality of life. Call Evolution Pain and Spine or make an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q&A

What causes back pain?

Back pain can stem from issues with your bones, muscles, connective tissue, or nerves. Despite being strong and flexible, your back is vulnerable to a variety of painful injuries and degenerative conditions.

For example, you could strain a muscle or fracture a vertebra in a sports or automobile accident, or you could develop osteoarthritis in your spine. Some of the other common causes of back pain include:

  • Herniated discs
  • Compression fractures
  • Osteoporosis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis 

Sciatica is the name for a group of symptoms caused by sciatic nerve compression. The term is often used interchangeably with low back pain, but sciatica also includes numbness, tingling, or weakness in one or both of your hips, buttocks, and legs.

Your risk of back pain increases if you’re overweight, have a physically demanding job, or lead a sedentary lifestyle. Additionally, as you age, your spinal discs become dry and less flexible, which makes them more susceptible to injury. 

When should I talk to a doctor about back pain?

Many patients assume that a sore back is something they just need to put up with as they get older. However, this is not the case. You should make an appointment with Dr. Thomas at Evolution Pain and Spine if you have back pain that:

  • Doesn’t go away or is getting worse
  • Increases with certain movements
  • Interferes with sleep
  • Limits mobility
  • Occurs with numbness or weakness

You should also make an appointment with Dr. Thomas if you injured your back in a fall or another type of accident. 

Even if you don’t have pain following an accident, it’s worthwhile to see a doctor who can check for injuries and start treatment to reduce or prevent pain and other disruptive symptoms.

How is back pain treated?

At Evolution Pain and Spine, Dr. Thomas provides customized treatment plans for back pain, including state-of-the-art therapies. He begins with a thorough exam to evaluate your condition and assess its impact on your mobility and quality of life. 

Then, depending on your needs, he creates your treatment plan, which could include:

  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Minimally invasive kyphoplasty 
  • Physical therapy

Dr. Thomas aims to address the root cause of your pain and reduce reliance on medication, which merely masks your symptoms. 

If you have back pain, call Evolution Pain and Spine or make an appointment online today for expert treatment and patient-focused care.