Determining Lower Back Pain

We all have the occasional aches and pains in our lower back. But if you’re experiencing consistent pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in your lower back and legs, you could have a more complex problem.


Lower back pain can be caused by a wide variety of conditions, the most common of which include degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, facet arthritis, and spondylolisthesis.

Road to Recovery

Dr. Valente will study your medical history. Often times, clues about your pain can be found if you’ve had any previous medical condition.

During your exam at DISC, we’ll collect your registration forms and other information. At this time, you’ll also meet with a member of the medical team to discuss your pain and/or other symptoms.

We will also determine if additional tests, including X-Rays or MRIs, are needed. Typically, Dr. Valente will order special spine x-rays called flexion and extension views to see if your spine is unstable.

After all steps have been completed, we’ll have enough information to completely diagnose your pain.


Based on the diagnosis of your pain, Dr. Valente will provide the best course of action to move forward. Surgery is only used as a last resort – we attempt to heal your pain using a process of non-surgical methods first, from medication, to chiropractic, to physical therapy or injections.

If these methods don’t work, or if surgery is the most feasible option, Dr. Valente will proceed with the most minimally invasive treatment possible. We understand every patient and every condition is treated differently.


Once that procedure is complete we provide continued recovery support with pain medications, muscle relaxants, bracing for support, metabolic supplements for maximal healing of bones/nerves/soft tissue, topical scar healing medications, and physical therapy when indicated. Our staff of experienced medical assistants and physician assistants will help guide you through the recover phase along with Dr. Valente.

Everything we do at the DISC Spine Institute is done with one goal in mind: To get you back to enjoying a life you deserve as fast as possible.

Dr Valente

Meet One of the Most Trusted Spine Doctors in North Texas.

Dr. Mark C. Valente
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  • Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeon
  • Nationwide, ranked Number 3 among all orthopedic surgeons sitting for oral board examination
  • Has been appointed to Clinical Instructor positions at both Michigan State University and the University of California
  • Has lectured and published extensively
  • Participated in numerous research protocols
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