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Back Pain

Yancey Pain & Spine

William L Yancey, MD

Interventional Pain Specialist & Anesthesiologist located in The Woodlands, TX & Houston Medical Center, Houston, TX

Back pain is common, but it’s often a complex issue for those suffering from chronic back pain. At Yancey Pain & Spine, with two locations in Houston and The Woodlands, Texas, interventional pain specialist William Yancey, MD, takes an integrative approach to back pain. Dr. Yancey utilizes a variety of techniques, ranging from medications to minimally invasive procedures to help you avoid surgery. For comprehensive care from a physician who adapts modern tools and techniques to improve the precision, safety, and efficacy of your traditional back pain treatment, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

Back pain is a common pain complaint that affects almost everyone at some point. For most people, back pain develops due to a mechanical change, such as a pulled muscle or herniated disc, that alters the normal function of your back. In most cases, the pain resolves within a few weeks with at-home care and without causing residual effects or alterations in normal back function.

However, in about 20% of cases, acute back pain turns into chronic back pain, which is pain that lasts three or more months. Dr. Yancey is an interventional pain specialist and an expert in the management of back pain. He combines his background in biomedical engineering and his meticulous approach to solving problems to identify and treat the root cause of your back pain to resolve your discomfort altogether. 

What causes back pain?

As noted, back pain most often develops from a mechanical malfunction that affects one or more of the components in your back, such as the muscles, bones, ligaments, tendons, nerves, or discs. Some of the most common causes of back pain include:

  • Strains and sprains
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Sciatica
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Pinched nerve
  • Vertebral compression fractures

These types of mechanical issues may develop after an acute injury, such as a car accident or bad fall, or they may develop over time due to the degenerative changes that occur in your spine as you get older. 

How is back pain treated?

At Yancey Pain & Spine, Dr. Yancey takes an integrative approach to the treatment of your back pain, offering a number of treatment options aimed at relieving your discomfort so you can resume your work and life without getting invasive surgery. The specifics of your treatment plan are individualized to meet your needs and may include:

  • Medication
  • Injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Noninvasive procedures
  • Minimally invasive procedures

For vertebral compression fractures, which are common in those who have osteoporosis and can lead to significant pain, height loss, and deformity, Dr. Yancey takes an engineering approach to treat and repair the spinal fracture. His approach not only relieves pain, but also restores vertebral height, stability, and function. 

Dr. Yancey also utilizes neuromodulation devices, including BurstDR™ therapy, which is the most advanced spinal cord stimulator device to reduce your pain and calm your nerves.  

Back pain is common and debilitating for those suffering from chronic pain. But with his skill and experience, Dr. Yancey designs a plan focused on the root cause of your pain to resolve the discomfort and help you get back to your life.

To schedule an appointment at Yancey Pain & Spine, call the office or request an appointment using the online booking tool.