Pain Type: Over 100 million Americans suffer from pain! Within this category, low back pain is the leading cause. The severity of this pain ranges from mild to severe and can harshly impact quality of life. Low back pain can be constant or intermittent, but it frequently resolves itself within 3-4 weeks. There are numerous reasons we experience low back pain, ranging from everyday activities to extreme trauma to simply aging.
Symptoms: Symptoms of low back pain can include feeling sore, stiff, a burning sensation, pressure, radiating pain, pain that travels from the buttocks down through the leg, numbness, or tingling. Typically, low back pain may worsen when: bending or lifting, sitting or standing, or walking. Low back pain can come in spurts and last for a few days or become chronic. If you are suffering from low back pain please make an appointment with us here!
Treatments: There are multiple forms of treatment available for relieving low back pain at Advanced Pain Management depending on your diagnosed condition. Some of these include:
Narcotic pain medications
Non-Narcotic pain medications
Spinal Injections – Spinal Injections can be used as a treatment to reduce pain. At Advanced Pain Management our spinal injections are performed with image guidance. This process allows our physicians to inject medication into precise locations and vastly improves safety.
Epidural Steroid Injections – Often times a patient will have what is referred to as a “pinched nerve.” Pain from a pinched nerve can radiate into the arm or leg and occurs when a nerve is compressed or inflamed. In order to reduce pain, a combination of medication and anesthetic is injected near the affected nerve.
SI Joint Injections – When a patient receives a SI Joint Injection, a needle is inserted directly in the sacroiliac joint and the medication spreads throughout. The SI joint connects the pelvic bone to the spine. Similar to the process of a Facet Injection, dye is used and medication is injected. This procedure typically relieves most pain associated with the SI Joint.
Facet Joint Injections – When a patient receives a Facet Injection, an anesthetic is given, and, using image guidance, the Physician will insert a tiny needle into the facet joint. A small amount of dye is injected in order to make sure the needle is in the facet joint and medication is administered following confirmation. Facet Injections are used to treat pain felt in the lower back, leg, hip, or buttock.
Spinal Cord Stimulator Trials – Neurostimulation is an option for managing chronic pain. It works by blocking pain signals before they reach the brain. To do this, a small system is implanted in the body. When turned on, this system sends mild pulses to nerves along the spinal cord, replacing the feeling of pain with a different feeling. Good candidates typically have chronic pain in the back, neck, arms, or legs that has lasted at least six months. Their pain is neuropathic (typically marked by burning, tingling, or numbness), and it has not been relieved well enough by surgery, pain medications, nerve blocks, TENS, or physical therapy.
Ultrasound Guided Joint Injection – Joint injections that are ultrasound guided are simply that – injections made directly into the joints using the help of an ultrasound (a machine that uses sound waves in order to produce images of the inside the body). Since joint injections must take place in the joint (not the space surrounding the joint), it is vital that the Physician uses precise placement. The ultrasound allows the Physician to watch the needle and liquids and ensure it is in the proper location.
Kyphoplasty – Kyphoplasty is a procedure used in the treatment of vertebral compression fractures. Vertebral compression fractures can occur due to multiple reasons but mainly injuries, osteoporosis, or cancer. During this procedure you will be given anesthesia and lie on your stomach. With the use of fluoroscopy, a needle is injected into the compressed vertebrae. Through this needle, a balloon is placed into the compressed area and inflated – filling the void. Once the height is restored with the use of the inflated balloon, it is removed and cement is injected. This process effectively elevates the compression fracture into its normal position and stabilized the bone!