Occasional back pain can be annoying, but chronic back pain can interrupt your plans and prevent you from performing your daily activities. At Centennial Medical Group, with offices on Decatur Boulevard and Flamingo Road in Las Vegas, Nevada, the team of interventional pain management experts offers the most advanced long-term solutions for lower back pain. Schedule an appointment online or call the office nearest you today.
Your spine includes a number of different muscles, nerves, vertebrae, discs, and tendons, all of which work both independently and together to help you move and function.
A problem in any one of these areas can lead to pain throughout your spine and lower body. Some of the most common sources of back pain include:
Neuropathy (nerve pain) can occur in cases of nerve impingement. For example, back pain that shoots down your leg, called sciatica, is a type of neuropathic pain.
Back pain diagnosis includes a comprehensive exam along with diagnostic imaging like X-ray, CT scan, or MRI.
You may also need a diagnostic procedure. For example, if you have chronic spine pain and it's likely related to one or more discs, you may need a discogram. In this procedure, injected X-ray dye highlights the discs (if any) causing your issues.
Centennial Medical Group offers a wide range of pain management options for back pain, including:
There are many different types of injections to manage pain for as long as a few months at a time. Injections include steroid medication, anesthetics, or both, which reduces inflammation and decreases pain in the specific area where you need it.
Some of the different injections available at Centennial Medical Group include facet joint injections, sacroiliac joint injections, medial branch blocks, selective nerve root blocks, trigger point injections, and transforaminal epidural steroid injections.
Radiofrequency ablation, or rhizotomy, is a treatment for severe pain in your lower back. In this treatment, radiofrequency waves generate a heat lesion on the particular nerves causing your pain.
Radiofrequency ablation essentially disables your painful nerves by disrupting pain signal transmission. This procedure requires a day or two of recovery time and offers near-immediate pain relief.
A spinal cord stimulator is an implanted device that sends electrical pulses to your spinal cord to interfere with the path of pain signals as they move into your brain. This prevents you from perceiving pain.
The first step in getting a spinal cord stimulator is a trial period with a temporary spinal cord stimulator. If that works well for you, you can then proceed with a permanent implant.
If none of these modalities are right for you, spine surgery could help. The Centennial Medical Group team can explain all of your options to help you choose the ideal approach for effectively treating your chronic back pain.
For help with chronic back pain, call the Las Vegas office nearest you or use the online booking tool to schedule your appointment.