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Neck & Back Pain Management Procedures

Nothing can be more disruptive to your daily life than extreme and chronic pain. Not only does it hurt you literally, it can hurt you emotionally, often causing depression, anxiety, stress and anger.

When you experience an injury, you know the source of your pain. This is known as acute pain. Chronic pain can be different. Maybe you aren’t sure where or why you are experiencing the pain. More importantly, you aren’t sure if you will ever feel better.

Seeking treatment for chronic pain does not always have to mean surgery. Instead, the back and neck pain management specialists at miVIP Surgery Centers can evaluate your pain and recommend non-surgical treatment methods that can help you manage your pain and get you back to your regular routine as quickly as possible. When it comes to chronic pain, having a variety of treatment options available to you can ensure the greatest chance for success.

Epidural Injection: An estimated 8 out of 10 people experience back pain at some point in their lives. If you've had severe back pain for more than six weeks, your doctor might recommend a shot of corticosteroid, or steroid medicine, into your spinal canal. This is called an epidural injection. Steroid medicines reduce inflammation and swelling. This can relieve pressure on nerves and nerve roots. The medicine can't fix your back, but it may give you short-term relief from back pain. If you experience a flare-up of sciatica or sudden, severe pain, an epidural injection may help to relieve your pain enough to restore function in your back and allow you to perform pain-relieving physical therapy exercises.

Radiofrequency Ablation: Radiofrequency ablation of nerves is a procedure that may be used to reduce certain kinds of chronic pain by preventing transmission of pain signals. It is a safe procedure in which a portion of nerve tissue is heated to cause an interruption in pain signals and reduce pain in that area. This procedure is sometimes called radiofrequency lesioning. This condition is considered a longer-term treatment for chronic back or neck pain that can relieve pain for several months up to three years.

Conditions Treated

Back and neck pain management procedures are used to treat a number of spine-related conditions. If you suffer from one or more of the following conditions, these treatments may be for you:

  • Compression fractures, where your vertebrae collapses most commonly due to osteoporosis
  • Herniated disc, where the gel-filled discs between your vertebrae slip out of place, pressing on your spinal nerves and causing pain
  • Osteoarthritis in your joints that stems from a breakdown of cartilage in between your joints that causes bone to rub against bone
  • Past spinal surgery that did not effectively manage your pain
  • Sciatica, where an injured or slipped disk presses on your sciatic nerve, causing pain that radiates down one or both legs
  • Spinal stenosis, a condition that causes narrowing in your spinal canal
  • Spondylolisthesis, a condition where your vertebrae slips out of position and presses on the vertebrae below it
  • Traumatic injury to your neck, back or other portion of your body

 

The earlier your miVIP Surgery Centers physician is able to treat your condition, the better your results are likely to be.

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