Non-Surgical Low Back Pain Treatment Q&A
Lower back pain can limit a person’s movement, affecting their career, school, and community involvement. It can also induce sleep issues, depression, and distress. Treatments and evaluations for non-surgical low back pain are available at Omni Spine Pain Management under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Morchower. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. Our clinics are located in Frisco TX, Sunnyvale, TX and Mesquite TX.
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Over 619 million people globally suffer from low back pain. Furthermore, the likelihood of developing chronic low back pain increases with age, which is a concerning fact as it is the primary cause of disability worldwide. 39% of American adults seek medical attention or report low back pain during the last three months. Painkillers and opioid’s effectiveness decrease over time while their side effects rise. Besides, exercise and psychosocial interventions for chronic pain treatment are partially effective and not appropriate for all. Fortunately, better non-surgical low back pain treatments are available with remarkable long-lasting pain relief benefits. In particular, injection nerve blocks, epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, lumbar radiofrequency ablation or lumbar rhizotomy, and stem cell injections can alleviate chronic low back pain for months or even years.
Low back pain refers to pain localized in the back of the body, extending from the last or 12th rib to the buttocks end or lower gluteal folds. If the pain persists for more than 12 weeks, it becomes chronic. Frequently, back pain involves a moving or radiating pain that affects one or both lower limbs. The most common presentation is an intense pain that comes and goes. However, pain can be so excruciatingly painful that the patient is unable to move or get out of bed, rendering the illness debilitating and disabling. In addition, the frequency and intensity of chronic pain worsen over time.
The best non-surgical low back pain treatments do not require a night at the hospital. Besides, they are minimally invasive. Each of them provides effective pain relief from months to years. In addition, those procedures are safe and with mild or minimum side effects. Treatments can be repeated when needed.
• Reduction or elimination of painkiller ingestion
• Start working in less than 96 hours
• Long-lasting pain relief
• Outpatient procedures
• Can postpone or eliminate the need for surgeries
• Cost-effective pain management
• Diverse options depending on the patient’s needs and preferences
• Can successfully treat low back pain for most pathologies
• Facet Joint Injection
• Epidural Steroid Injection
• Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation or Lumbar Rhizotomy
• Spinal Cord Stimulation
• Stem Cell Injections
Facet Joint Injection
A facet joint injection is an injection of numbing medicine into one or more backbone spaces. At OmniSpine Pain Management, your doctor will inject the area between two lower back or lumbar vertebrae to temporally alleviate lower back pain. The number of injections depends on the number of joints affected. Besides, a corticosteroid or autoinflammatory drug is often added to help heal affected nerves. Facet joint injection delivers immediate pain relief after injection.
Epidural Steroid Injection
An efficient treatment for chronic low back pain that aids in the patient’s recovery is the epidural steroid injection. During an epidural steroid injection, pain doctors inject a potent steroid medicine that reduces inflammation inside the area called the epidural space. The epidural space is just above the membranes that cover spine nerves. Therefore, by placing drugs in the epidural space, doctors can control the amount absorbed by nerves, speeding its effects. Notably, at OmniSpine Pain Management, doctors go the extra mile and use only non-particulate steroid epidural injections to enhance its benefits while reducing potential side effects.
Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation or Lumbar Rhizotomy
Lumbar rhizotomy or Lumbar Radiofrequency ablation uses high-intensity radio waves to damage or destroy selected spine nerves originating chronic low back pain. To explain, damaging nerves responsible for chronic pain stop pain perception by the brain. Therefore, it relieves chronic low back pain. Lumbar radio frequency is one of the most effective non-surgical low back pain treatments, and its benefits can last more than a year.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation is the last resource of non-surgical low back pain treatments. During spinal cord stimulation, electrodes are implanted around problematic-producing pain nerves. Afterward, electrodes are connected to a medical device that blocks pain signals from reaching the brain. Explicitly, every time the nerves send a pain signal, the device alters original nerve impulses, modifying the brain’s perception. Thus, it decreases pain by more than 50%. The spinal cord stimulation placement requires two minimally invasive procedures performed on separate days.
Stem Cell Injections
Stem cell injections can aid in the regeneration of the intervertebral discs and spinal joints by utilizing the healing capacity of stem cells. Moreover, stem cells have anti-inflammatory properties that reduce tissue and nerve inflammation. Intradiscal stem cell injections include injecting stem cells from a donor or the patient’s hips inside a herniated or damaged intervertebral disc. Since stem cells have not differentiated or given rise to a specific cell type, they can give rise to nearly any kind of cell. Consequently, intradiscal stem cell injections can regenerate the intervertebral disc, decreasing nerve pressure and relieving chronic low back pain.
Omni Spine Pain Management specialists offer the best therapies to control your pain. Talk to our pain doctors to learn about the best non-surgical low back pain treatment options for you. For more information, contact us or book an appointment online. You can visit us at our clinics located in Frisco, Sunnyvale, TX, and Mesquite, TX. We serve patients from Dallas TX, Frisco TX, Mesquite TX, Sunnyvale TX, Plano TX, Garland TX, Forney TX, Cedar Hill TX, Denton TX, Balch Springs TX, and surrounding areas.