02Feb

Back Pain-- Reduce, Relieve, Manage

Back pain can be caused by a multitude of factors from sprains and strains to degenerative diseases. When struggling with chronic pain in you back, seek a spine specialist for diagnoses and treatment. Seeking treatment allows you to return to regular activity and the kind of life you've wanted to lead. Relieving, reducing, and managing back pain is a real possibility for you, too.

Diagnosis

Addressing pain begins with an accurate diagnosis of the symptoms and difficulties. Diagnostic tools vary depending on where the problem is located. These tools could include:

  • X-ray
  • MRI
  • PET Scan
  • CT Scan
  • Nerve Conduct Study

Once an appropriate diagnosis of what the pain is caused by, the intervention to address your back pain can begin. Pain management options will defer depending on what the cause of your pain is, but there are several different options to chose from. Your medical provider will be able to provide you with an individualized plan for treatment, Some options to relieve, reduce or manage your back pain include the following:

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radio waves are used to generate heat around the nerves, thereby causing the nerve to lose its ability to send pain signals to the brain. This is a minimally invasive procedure that should be effective for more than 12 months.

Medical Branch Block

This intervention is an injection that will block sensory signals to the brain. Additionally, a medical branch block can also diagnose a pain related issue. You can return to regular activity rather quickly after the treatment.

Facet Joint Injection

Similar to the previously described block, this in a injection that is used to diagnose and treat a pain related issue. This steroid injection provides pain relief quickly.

Epidural Injection

This injection reduces inflammation which can cause back pain. This block reduces the pain cycle, improves your recovery, and helps you get back to your desired activities. Sometimes, more than 1 injection is recommended to get the most relief from this treatment. Regardless of what kind of pain you have, there is assistance available. Sonoran Spine has a team specialists dedicated to accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations.

Learn about your options to relieve, reduce, and manage your pain. Request and appointment today.

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