In a world of greater access to knowledge and information than ever before it is important to have reliable medical information. There are lots of medical treatments marketed as too good to be true solutions for pain. One of the most common targets are people suffering from back pain.
Back pain is unique in that there are many, many causes of back pain, that can result in mild, moderate, and severe back pain, sometimes very short term and sometimes long term. Some issues with the back do in fact have easy solutions, such as upgrading your mattress or pillow, or sitting and standing with better posture to relieve tension.
However, there are many issues with the back that are more serious and require medical intervention in order to heal. More serious back issues include
- Herniated Discs
- Pinched Nerves
- Degenerative Disc Disease
Our local NYC pain management clinic has provided some of the most common medical treatments for chronic back pain.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation is a term used for a device that is inserted in the lower back, permanently. It uses a series of electrodes attached along the spinal cord to interview with the pain signals that are being sent up the nerves into the brain. It changes the sharp, intense back pain that many patients experience and converts it to more of a tingling sensation. This very quickly post-recovery allows patients to live a pain-free life again, from the morning until the evening. It can be adjusted to various strengths based on the need of the patient.
Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation
Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation targets the nerve tissue usually in the lumbar region of the lower back. Using radiofrequency waves, heat is applied using a special needle to the nerve endings in the back preventing pain signals from being sent. It is a very common back pain treatment after serious back injuries, like the ones from car accidents with heavy impact. It is not a permanent solution but is very effective for periods as little as 6 months and as long as 12 months. Since it is non-surgical there is no significant recovery time.
Trigger Point Injections
Trigger Point Injections are a treatment used for the very common source of back pain; muscle spasms. Often, the back muscle can “knot” up causing extreme pain and tension. The result is that the muscle spasms cause a ripple effect up and down the back. It can cause reduced range of motion and pain especially after periods without movement like first thing in the morning or after sitting for long periods of time. Your pain management doctor will inject a solution made from anesthetics and steroids resulting in almost instant pain relief.
Suffering from pain does not have to become a normal part of your life. Contact the pain specialist at:
Downtown Pain Physicians 80 Maiden Ln #905A New York, NY 10038 (212) 404-8070 https://www.downtownpainphysicians.com/