San Marcos Family Medicine -  - Family Physician

San Marcos Family Medicine

Family Physicians located in San Marcos, TX

Back Pain Specialist

Whether mild or severe, back pain can make enjoying daily life difficult. From interfering with work to stopping patients from enjoying their favorite recreational activities, back pain's a problem that must be dealt with. The team at San Marcos Family Medicine offers a variety of treatment options for San Marcos, Texas and Central Texas patients who are dealing with back pain.

Back Pain Q & A

What are some common causes of back pain?

Back pain has many causes, and the goal of treatment is first to find the underlying cause of the pain to treat that cause rather than just covering the pain. Some causes may include:

  • Sports injuries
  • Lifting injuries
  • Poor posture
  • Disc herniation
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arthritis
  • Pinched nerves

If a patient's suffering from back pain, a visit to San Marcos Family Medicine can help get to the bottom of the problem.

What treatments are available for back pain?

Back pain's best treated after finding the cause. For patients with an injury, rest, medication for pain, ice, or heat treatment is the first line of treatment, followed by physical therapy to strengthen the area. Patients with herniated discs or pinched nerves may require surgery to correct the problem, followed by physical therapy to strengthen the muscles of the back and reduce the risk of future problems.

What medications work best for back pain?

If back pain interferes with a patient's ability to perform daily tasks or go to work, then the doctors at San Marcos Family Medicine may use medication to help. Medications for back pain include anti-inflammatory drugs and pain relieving medications. Working with a physician to find the right combination of medication is important because some medications have potential side effects, can be habit forming, or don't work well for back pain specifically.

What can a patient do to limit future injuries or back pain problems?

Back pain is often made worse by lifestyle factors, like poor posture. Patients can help reduce their back pain and the risk of future injury by:

  • Using ergonomic seating
  • Paying attention to posture while sitting and standing
  • Avoiding sitting for lengthy periods of time
  • Using proper lifting techniques
  • Using proper techniques when participating in sports
  • Properly conditioning before athletic events
  • Changing sleep position to reduce pressure on the spine

For more information on back pain treatment and how to avoid back pain, schedule an appointment with one of the physicians at San Marcos Family Medicine.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At San Marcos Family Medicine, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Golden Rule
Great West Health Care
Health First
Health Net
Seton Health Plan

Words from our patients

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    "The staff is always friendly and nice and the doctors are knowledgeable and willing to work with you regarding prescriptions."

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    "I have been really sick, called them and gotten in the same day. Wonderful people, good bedside manners. Always helpful. I highly recommend this medical group."

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    "We've been patients for about 5 years now. Absolutely love the doctors; great people who really care. Easy to get in..."

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    "Dr. Lee has been our family's doctor for about 9 years. We don't even live in San Marcos but drive there because of the wonderful care that he and his nurse provides."

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    "I have been seeing Dr. Mangalick for a few years and have had many good experiences with my treatment there."

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    "I have been a patient of Dr Lee's since the late 2000. I have never experienced any of the rudeness that others are reporting."

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    "I went in to see Dr Mangalick, and he was able to address my questions extremely quickly. He was very personable, knowledgeable and direct to the point."

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    "Saw Dr. Mangalick for an issue with my prosthetics. He was super helpful and solved my issue really quickly."

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    "The nurse practitioners and doctors REALLY listen, aren't afraid to admit when they don't know something and then go look it up so they are informed."

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    "Dr. Lee and his staff are awesome! They are very compassionate and are willing to go out of their way to take care of people. I highly recommend seeing him..."

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    "Dr. Laue and Mia are great. I go to them for all of my health issues (aside from pregnancy), and can rely on them getting to the root of the problem with ease."

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    "Dr. Laue and Mia are great. I go to them for all of my health issues (aside from pregnancy), and can rely on them getting to the root of the problem with ease."

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  • Google+

    "Dr. Lee is the best primary care physician I've ever had. He's very nice, and takes plenty of time to answer all of my questions."

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    "I appreciate how well he communicates, and, the care with which he communicates. I recommend Dr. Laue and his staff."

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    "Dr. Luae has been treating my family for years. He is an excellent physician. He is a great listener, and he takes the time to explain what is going on."

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    "Dr. Laue is wonderful. I appreciate how observant he is as my pediatrician was much the same and I find it rare."

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    "Dr. Laue and his colleagues put the focus where it belongs: on listening to the patient and prescribing the treatment that's really needed."

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    "I really like his approach to helping you get the answers you need to be in better health. He's to the point with great bedside manner."

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San Marcos Family Medicine
2406 Hunter Road, Suite #106
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 512-504-7640
Fax: 512-396-8006
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