Kevin M. Moran, MD

Back Pain

Back Pain

Back Pain services offered in The Woodlands, TX

Back pain is a common musculoskeletal problem, affecting up to 80% of people during their lives.  Kevin M. Moran, MD, in The Woodlands, Texas, is a board-certified fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon. Dr. Moran offers various minimally invasive treatments for back pain, including nerve blocks, epidural steroid injections, and computer-guided spine surgery. Call Kevin M. Moran, MD, today to schedule treatment for back pain, or book your appointment online.

I have back pain. Should I visit an orthopedic specialist?

Most people experience back pain occasionally. It often improves with rest, ice, or over-the-counter medication, but if your symptoms continue or worsen, identifying the cause is crucial. 

Dr. Moran has more than 20 years of experience performing back surgery, but this step is rarely necessary. Most cases of back pain improve with a conservative treatment approach.

What causes back pain?

Back pain occurs for various reasons, including:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Bulging or ruptured intervertebral discs
  • Muscle or ligament strains
  • Vertebral fractures

Who experiences back pain?

Back pain affects people of all ages, but several things might increase your risk, including living a sedentary lifestyle and being overweight.

You’re also more likely to have back pain if you do a lot of bending, lifting, or twisting. These and other repetitive movements take a toll on your spine, resulting in general wear-and-tear.

How is back pain diagnosed?

Dr. Moran reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including what the pain feels like, where it occurs, and if certain activities make it worse.

Next, he examines your neck and back. Dr. Moran gently presses your vertebrae to identify sensitive areas and tests your reflexes, muscle strength, and range of motion. 

He may order diagnostic imaging, like X-rays or an MRI scan, to check for underlying problems, like arthritis, a herniated disc, or a pinched nerve. 

How is back pain treated?

Dr. Moran treats back pain using a conservative and minimally invasive approach. He might recommend:

  • Muscle relaxants
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections

If your back pain continues or fails to improve, you might benefit from spine surgery. 

Dr. Moran offers several minimally invasive spine surgeries, including lumbar laminectomy, discectomy and fusion. A computer-guided navigation system is used intraoperatively during spinal fusions for greater precision.

What can I do to keep my back healthy and strong?

The easiest way to keep your back healthy and strong is to take good care of yourself. Dr. Moran recommends exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and quitting smoking. You should also practice good posture, drink plenty of water, and eat a balanced diet.

Call Kevin M. Moran, MD, today to receive treatment for back pain, or make your appointment online.