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Texas Spine and Sports Therapy Center


​​Offering Treatment in Austin for a Wide Range of Back Pain Conditions including Spinal Decompression Therapy

Our back pain specialist, Dr. Bart Atencio DC offers a range of treatment and therapies for back conditions. Possible causes of back pain are:

Protruding, herniated or bulging discs
Disc desiccation
Degenerative disc disease
Lumbar spinal stenosis
Foraminal stenosis
Central canal stenosis
Spinal arthrosis
Osteophytes or bone spurs
Ligamentous hypertrophy
Lumbar myelopathy (spinal cord compression)

Lumbar radiculopathy
Pinched nerves

Dr. Bart Atencio- 1500 West 38th Street, Suite 38 Austin Texas 78731 


1500 West 38th Street

Austin, Texas 78731

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Did you Know?

The American Spinal Decompression Association states that low back pain affects at least 80% of us some time in our lives, perhaps 20-30% of us at any given time. It is usually recurrent, and subsequent low pain episodes tend to increase in severity. Chronic back pain is common in individuals who lead sedentary lives and in those who engage in manual labor. Back pain can occur at any age but is most prevalent during the third to sixth decades of life.

Basics of Back Pain

Everyone's back pain is different. For some people, back pain involves mild pain (pain that is bothersome; back is aching, radiating and sore). For other people, back pain involves severe pain (pain that hurts all the time, even when resting). Most doctors refer to back pain as acute (generally severe, but short-lived), sub acute or chronic (long-lasting or occurring often). Acute back pain usually lasts from one to seven days. Pain may be mild or severe and occasionally may be caused by an accident or injury. About 80 percent of all back pain is acute. Sub acute back pain usually lasts from seven days to seven weeks and usually is mild; occasionally it's severe. This pain generally is unrelated to other illnesses you may have. About 10 to 20 percent of all back pain is sub acute. Chronic back pain usually lasts more than three months and maybe mild or severe. It may be related to other illnesses you may have or may have no identifiable cause. About five to 10 percent of all back pain (low back, mid back and upper back) is chronic.

Common anatomical causes of back pain include:

  • The large nerve roots that go to the legs and arms may be irritated.
  • The smaller nerves in the spinal discs may be irritated.
  • The large paired back muscles that support the spine may be strained.
  • Any of the bones, ligaments, or joints throughout the spine may be injured

  • Low Back Pain and Injury
  • ​Lower back pain can be caused by a variety of problems with any parts of the complex, interconnected network of spinal muscles, nerves, bones, discs or tendons in the lumbar spine. Typical sources of low back pain include:

    The large nerve roots in the low back that go to the legs may be irritated
    The smaller nerves that supply the low back may be irritated
    The large paired lower back muscles (erector spinae) may be strained
    The bones, ligaments or joints may be damaged
    An intervertebral disc may be degenerating

An irritation or problem with any of these structures can cause lower back pain and/or pain that radiates or is referred to other parts of the body. Many lower back problems also cause back muscle spasms, which don't sound like much but can cause severe pain and disability.       
While lower back pain is extremely common, the symptoms and severity of lower back pain vary greatly. A simple lower back muscle strain might be excruciating enough to necessitate an emergency room visit, while a degenerating disc might cause only mild, intermittent discomfort.

Cost to the Nation

A team of Duke Medical Center top doctors found that patients suffering from back pain consume more than $90 billion annually in health-care expenses, with approximately $26 billion of that amount directly attributable to treating the back pain. Tremendous costs are associated with low back pain, including lost productivity and income from work, the expense of medical, rehabilitation, and surgical interventions, and the costs of disabling pain and limited daily function.

Back pain is second only to upper respiratory conditions as the stated cause of work loss. The costs for treatment and compensation for low back pain in industry may be greater than the total amount spent on all other industrial injuries combined. However, most of the costs, perhaps 80%, are incurred by about 20% of the low back pain patients who then become disabled

Common Misconception

A common misconception often cited is that 90% of the pain from an injured back will go away on its own without treatment. However, a recent review published in the European Spine Journal in 2003, showed that the reported proportion of patients who still experienced pain after 12 months was 62% (range, 42-75%), dispelling the popular notion that up to 90% of low back pain episodes resolve spontaneously within 1 month.There is also a large number of Americans who, after trying many standard treatments, are still left suffering with serious back pain. If you, your friends, or your family members have been told you have to learn to live with the pain, or if you have tried exercises, drugs, and/or shots, and you are still suffering, and are now being told you need back surgery, then non-surgical spinal decompression right here in Austin may be just what you are looking for.