Back pain is a problem for millions of people – in fact, around 80% of Americans experience back pain at some point. If you're one of them, pain management specialist Pritesh Patel, DO, at Spine & Pain Institute of Texas in DeSoto, Texas, can help. Dr. Patel successfully treats numerous causes of back pain using conservative measures. He also offers an extensive array of minimally invasive procedures, including epidural steroid injections, nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, and spinal cord stimulation. Call Spine & Pain Institute of Texas today to find out more or book an appointment using the online form.
Some of the most common reasons for having back pain are:
Sprains and strains from overexerting your back muscles are a frequent cause of backache, although they often last just a few days. However, wear-and-tear conditions resulting in spinal changes are among the most likely reasons to experience chronic back pain.
Treating back pain successfully requires a combination of rest with gentle movement, which is why physical therapy can be so beneficial. Immobility is likely to make you worse rather than better, but it's crucial to exercise the right way to avoid stressing your back while it heals.
Anti-inflammatory medications, hot and cold compresses, and passive forms of physical therapy like transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) can help reduce back pain too.
If these approaches don’t relieve your pain after a week or so, Dr. Patel offers an extensive range of interventions that could help.
Depending on the cause of your back pain, you might benefit from treatments such as:
Epidural and facet joint injections contain a steroid medication that reduces inflammation and pain for several months and sometimes longer. The injections also have a local anesthetic to give you a few hours of complete pain relief.
Nerve blocks such as lumbar sympathetic blocks and medial branch blocks are also injections, but these only contain the local anesthetic.
Radiofrequency ablation, or neurotomy, is a minimally invasive procedure. Dr. Patel inserts a fine needle into your spine and delivers radio wave energy to the nerves causing your pain. The nerves die, taking six months or so to grow back.
If you have vertebral compression fractures, most likely because of osteoporosis, Dr. Patel can inject bone cement into the vertebra to stabilize the bone, a procedure known as vertebroplasty.
Vertebroplasty is also the basis for kyphoplasty, in which Dr. Patel uses a special balloon to increase the vertebra's height before injecting the cement.
Spinal cord stimulation is a form of neuromodulation therapy. Dr. Patel implants a device in your back that you control with a hand-held unit. The spinal cord stimulator sends electrical messages to the nerves in your spinal column that scramble the signals going to your brain.
When performing advanced injectable treatments and device implantation, Dr. Patel uses ultrasound guidance to ensure perfect positioning.
To benefit from these advanced approaches to treating chronic back pain, call Spine & Pain Institute of Texas or book an appointment online today.