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Bothered By Low Back Pain? Consider Interventional Pain Management

Low back pain is an extremely common problem. It’s estimated that about 25% of Americans have experienced back pain in the past three months. If you have back pain that just won’t go away, there’s hope. Interventional pain management, which helps control pain by using one or a combination of minimally invasive treatments, may be able to give you the relief you need.

In this blog, the providers at OrthoCincy Wellington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine explain more about what interventional pain management is and how it may be able to help you.

Causes of back pain

Low back pain has many possible causes, including the following:

Lack of exercise

Being too sedentary can contribute significantly to low back pain. Lack of physical exercise can lead to poor mobility, limited range of motion, poor posture, and weak muscles.

Sleep issues

Improper sleeping positions can also lead to low back pain. If you sleep in a twisted position, you may end up waking up with back pain. This type of pain can persist for days. Furthermore, as odd as it may sound, sleeping too much can also cause low back pain. This is because lying down too much can weaken your back muscles.

Injuries

Injuries can also cause low back pain. If you fall, twist the wrong way, or push your body beyond what it can do, you may injure your muscles, ligaments, or other tissues.

What is interventional pain management?

Interventional pain management helps relieve pain by using one or a combination of minimally invasive treatments. Depending on your condition, your provider may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

Epidural injections

Epidural injections involve injecting a steroid or anesthetic into the epidural space of your spinal column.

Nerve blocks

A nerve block is an injection of a local anesthetic, an anti-inflammatory medication, or both, to a specific nerve or group of nerves to prevent pain signals from reaching the brain.

Electrical stimulation

With electrical stimulation, a small device is implanted in your back that delivers electrical stimulation to interrupt pain signals and relieve pain. Instead of feeling pain, you might feel a slight tingling from the electrical stimulation.

Facet joint injections

If your facet joints are an issue, your provider may inject the problematic ones with a mixture of a local anesthetic and a steroid. The facet joints are the joints that connect the bones of your spine. These joints allow your back to twist and turn, and they keep your back from getting too far out of alignment.

Rhizotomy

Another technique that may be used is a procedure called a rhizotomy. This procedure uses heated electrodes to burn off the ends of the nerves that are sending pain signals to your brain.

Depending on your case, you may need to try different treatments or different combinations of treatments until you find relief from your low back pain. The good news is that interventional pain management can often provide significant relief, even if other treatments have failed.

To find out if you’re a good candidate for interventional pain management, book an appointment online or over the phone with OrthoCincy Wellington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.

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