When back pain is severe or doesn't improve in a few days, getting the right treatment could relieve your symptoms and help you avoid chronic disability. If you need help with back pain, interventional pain management physician Nicolas Maxymiv, DO, of Richmond Spine Interventions and Pain Center can help. At their Midlothian, Virginia, location, Dr. Maxymiv and his colleagues offer expert treatments, including epidural steroid injections, radiofrequency rhizotomy, and spinal cord stimulation, that can address even the most stubborn causes of back pain. Call to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.
There are numerous causes of back pain, which most often affect the lumbar spine (lower back) rather than the thoracic spine (upper back). These causes fall into three broad categories:
Acute injuries are typically muscle or connective tissue sprains and strains that occur when playing sports or working, or as a result of a fall or auto accident. Other serious injuries include fractures of the vertebrae in your spine, spinal displacement, and disc damage.
Degenerative conditions are due to the effects of aging and usage over the years. Common examples include:
These conditions are the most likely cause of chronic back pain.
Some people are born with abnormalities in their spinal structure that cause back pain. Scoliosis, in which your spine curves to the left or right instead of following a vertical path, is one of the most common examples.
Richmond Spine Interventions and Pain Center specializes in treating back pain. Your treatment plan is likely to focus on conservative approaches in the early stages, which could include a range of physical therapies and medications alongside activity modification.
There are also many ways in which you can help your back to heal and prevent further damage. Losing weight and getting regular exercise are two of the most effective actions you can take, alongside posture improvement, stress management, and learning how to protect your back.
Conservative treatments are successful for most patients, but if your back pain isn't improving or is worsening, you might need to consider other options.
The next step at Richmond Spine Interventions and Pain Center is typically spinal injections containing steroid medication and local anesthetic. These injections go into the epidural space around your spinal canal or specific parts of the spine, such as the facet joints.
Other potential treatments for the most persistent cases of back pain include:
If back pain is affecting your ability to work or enjoy your leisure time, contact Richmond Spine Interventions and Pain Center for expert help. Call the office or book an appointment online today.