Countless patients have experienced the lower back pain relief they have been looking for because of the experience and expertise of a pain management specialist. One of the main reasons for this is because a pain management specialist is able to prescribe a variety of treatment options. If you are experiencing back pain and are ready for it to find relief, the following are some popular treatment options that are available in both our Duxbury and Sandwich, MA offices.
Nonsurgical Treatment Options for Back Pain
Our Pain Management Specialist, Dr. Brett Teran, typically uses a holistic approach for lower back pain treatment. Any or any combination of the following nonsurgical treatment options are commonly prescribed:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Muscle relaxants
- Neuromodulating medications
- Physical therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
The choice regarding which treatment option will be prescribed is based on the condition and symptoms of the patient that is being treated. If a patient’s pain does not respond to nonsurgical treatment, a minimally invasive or injection based procedure may be recommended.
Minimally Invasive Pain Management Procedures for Back Pain
The term minimally invasive refers to a procedure that is performed using a very tiny incision or a via a small needle. Pain management specialists are experts at performing minimally invasive procedures that reduce pain in a relatively short period of time. The three most common procedures used in lower back pain treatment include the following:
- Anti-inflammatory, pain, and anesthetic medications are administered via injection into painful areas. The powerful and fast-acting effects of the medications provide patients with short-term pain relief while the body’s natural healing processes and nonsurgical treatment options heal the injury/condition that is causing pain.
- Radiofrequency ablation (RA). A very small needle and live X-ray guidance (fluoroscopy) are used to perform RA. During the procedure, an electrical current is sent down the needle to gently heat nerves that send pain signals to the brain. A reduction in pain signals equates to a reduction in experienced pain.
- Spinal cord stimulator (SCS) implantation. A special device known as a spinal cord stimulator is implanted into the lower back. When prompted, the SCS sends electrical impulses that block pain signals to the brain.
Finding Out Which Back Pain Treatment is Right for You
If you are experiencing lower back that will not go away on its own or does not respond to conservative treatment measures, please contact our offices in Plymouth, Duxbury or Sandwich to make an appointment. You will receive an accurate diagnosis and a customized treatment plan. The road to less pain starts when you walk through our doors!