Back Doctor At North Texas Orthopedics & Spine Center
At North Texas Orthopedics & Spine Center, our experienced back doctors are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for a wide range of back conditions and injuries. Your back is a complex structure that supports your body and enables you to perform daily activities. When back problems arise, they can cause significant pain, discomfort, and limited mobility, impacting your quality of life. Our skilled orthopedic spine surgeons and non-surgical specialists use advanced diagnostic techniques and treatment options to help you find relief from back pain and restore your spinal health. Whether you're dealing with a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or a complex spinal deformity, our team is here to help you get back to the activities you love.
Signs You Need a Back Doctor's Strength of Experience
Back conditions can result from various factors, including aging, injury, poor posture, and underlying health issues. If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, you may have a back-related injury or condition:
  • Back pain when sitting
  • Chronic low-back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Neck pain
  • Numbness
  • Pain along your spinal column
  • Spinal pain
  • Tingling sensations
Back pain, as well as any of the above symptoms, can have a significant impact on your daily life. If you are experiencing any of those symptoms for more than a few days or if your back pain worsens, you should schedule an appointment with a spine surgeon or a doctor specializing in pain medicine. The surgeon or doctor may diagnose you with one of the following back-related injuries or conditions:
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Myelopathy
  • Sciatica, or lumbar radiculopathy
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sports-related injury

Our Back Doctors

Michael R. Briseño

, M.D.

Ramanjot S. Kang

, M.D.

Raul M. Llanos

, D.O., M.P.H.

Melissa Z. Murphy

, M.D., M.P.H.

Christopher J. Tucker

, D.O.

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Our Spine Center Can Help You
At North Texas Orthopedics & Spine Center, our Spine Center is designed to provide our spinal patients with exceptional spine care and comprehensive education on spine-related injuries, treatments, and surgeries.

When you are seen by either our back doctor or one of our pain doctors, you can rest assured that you are receiving the highest level of specialized spinal care. Our doctors are dedicated to staying up to date on the latest evidence-based treatment options and are always actively continuing their education.

To provide an accurate diagnosis of your back injury or condition, our doctors will perform an evaluation. They may also order diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, to help them determine the cause of your back pain. Once the cause of your back pain has been diagnosed, our back doctor and pain doctors will work together to develop an individualized treatment plan that utilizes nonsurgical treatment options first instead of recommending surgery. These treatments may include physical therapy, spinal cord stimulation, or injections, such as a lumbar epidural steroid injection.

If the conservative treatment options are ineffective at providing relief for your back pain, our orthopedic surgeon specializing in spine surgery will develop a surgical plan that is right for you and your back condition or injury.

Our spine surgeon is one of the most highly skilled surgeons and offers a broad range of spine surgeries. This includes the following surgeries and procedures:
  • Artificial disc replacement
  • Corpectomy
  • Deformity correction surgery
  • Discography
  • Intracept® procedure
  • Laminectomy
  • Lumbar spinal fusion
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF)

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When should I see a back doctor?

    If you experience persistent back pain that lasts for more than a few weeks, pain that radiates down your legs, numbness or tingling in your extremities, or back pain accompanied by fever, unexplained weight loss, or bowel/bladder dysfunction, it's important to consult with a back doctor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

  • What is the difference between a herniated disc and a bulging disc?

    A bulging disc occurs when the outer layer of the disc weakens and the disc material protrudes outward, but the inner gel-like material remains contained. A herniated disc happens when the outer layer tears, allowing the inner material to leak out and potentially irritate nearby nerves.

  • Can I prevent back problems?

    While not all back problems are preventable, you can take steps to reduce your risk. These include maintaining a healthy weight, practicing good posture, exercising regularly to strengthen your core and back muscles, lifting objects properly, and avoiding prolonged sitting or standing.

  • What is minimally invasive spine surgery?

    Minimally invasive spine surgery refers to surgical techniques that use smaller incisions and specialized instruments to access the spine, resulting in less tissue damage, reduced pain, and faster recovery times compared to traditional open surgery.

  • How long does it take to recover from back surgery?

    Recovery time after back surgery varies depending on the specific procedure and individual factors. Minor procedures may require a few weeks of recovery, while more complex surgeries, such as spinal fusion, may take several months. Your back doctor will provide a personalized recovery timeline and guide you through the post-operative care process to ensure optimal healing and results.