As many as 31 million Americans experience lower back pain at any given time; if you’re among them, you want relief. Fortunately, the specialists at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain offer diagnosis and long-term treatment for back pain, providing you with improved function and a higher quality of life. Call one of the six North and South Carolina locations or book an appointment online to learn how the pain management experts can help you manage your lower back pain.
Lower back pain can result from an injury, such as a muscle strain or pull, or it can be caused by a number of degenerative conditions, including osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis. Other common issues that cause or contribute to lower back pain include:
Lower back pain is typically characterized as a dull and aching pain that may radiate to your buttocks and feet. It’s often worse after you’ve been sitting for a while, and can be at its worst when you first wake up in the morning.
The doctors at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain may conduct MRIs, X-rays, laboratory studies, nerve conditions studies, and complete musculoskeletal evaluations to help arrive at a diagnosis for your low back pain.
You may also undergo diagnostic injection studies that involve injecting anesthetics and steroids into areas of pain along your spine. The way your pain responds to these injections can help the doctors determine the type, location, and nature of your pain.
In many cases, conservative therapies, such as over-the-counter pain medications and increased physical activity, are enough to reduce low back pain. Lifestyle changes and movement modifications learned through physical therapy and physical rehabilitation can go a long way toward helping you find pain relief, too.
You may also benefit from steroid spinal injections, nerve blocks, and radiofrequency ablation, which help you find relief from pain associated with inflamed or compressed nerves. These treatments seek to disrupt the pain signals from the nerves causing your pain.
If you have lower back pain that doesn’t respond to these more conservative therapies, the doctors at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain may recommend a spinal cord stimulator to mask the pain signals and improve your daily function. A spinal cord stimulator is implanted just under your skin and sends mild electrical signals to confuse the nerves responsible for your pain and offer relief.
To learn more about how the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain can improve your back pain, call or book an appointment online.