An estimated 16 million Americans live a lower quality of life than they deserve because of chronic back pain. At Interventional Sports and Pain Management Associates, the team specializes in minimally invasive treatments to address neck and back pain that results from a herniated disc, bulging disc, arthritis, or spinal stenosis. The providers customize a treatment plan to your needs to relieve pain from your spine and restore function. Call the office in Humble or Baytown, Texas, to schedule a back pain consultation or book an appointment online today.
Acute back pain that lasts less than six weeks is often the result of muscle strains or ligament sprains from sports, personal injuries, or auto-accident related injuries. However, this pain may persist or worsen to become chronic pain.
When you have chronic back pain that is persistent, it may be due to an underlying condition in your upper (cervical) spine, lower (lumbar) spine, or mid (thoracic) spine. These conditions can include:
Because these conditions can be progressive, they often lead to more pain in additional areas of the spine and the body.
Your risk for chronic neck and back pain increases if you have an overactive lifestyle, are overweight, have a history of back injuries, or have a family history of arthritis or any other similar degenerative diseases. You may also be at increased risk for back pain as you age and your spine naturally degenerates, becomes weaker and looses flexibility.
Chronic neck and back pain can continue to worsen without treatment and ultimately lead to a disability. You should schedule consultation with our Board Certified Pain Specialist and his team at Interventional Sports and Pain Management Associates if you have neck or back pain that you can’t control with over-the-counter medications and rest.
Our Pain Management Specialists will listen carefully to your story, perform a physical examination, then use advanced diagnostic technologies such as X-rays, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) scans to help identify the source of your pain.
Based on the results of your evaluation, the team customizes a treatment plan from several optional modalities and therapies, including minimally invasive techniques and procedures to ease your pain, restore your function, and optimize quality of life.
Mild to moderate neck or back pain may respond well to prescription anti-inflammatory medications and pain relievers. When an alternative to pain medications and surgery is preferred, our Specialist may recommend:
Image guided injections under sedation that delivers anesthetic medications and anti-inflammatories directly to the source of the pain in your spine
Nerve blocks deliver anesthetic medications to the nerves surrounding your spine. The anesthetic disrupts pain signals that travel from your nerve to your brain or can disrupt pain that shoots into your arms and legs from your spine in order to provide long-lasting back pain relief or pinched nerve relief.
Spinal cord stimulation uses low currents of electricity to stop pain signals from traveling to your brain. You control the stimulator device with an external remote, so you can treat back pain as it happens.
The team may also recommend physical therapy, massage therapy, and lifestyle changes to support your healing process and prevent additional back and neck pain.
If you need help managing chronic back pain, call the Interventional Sports and Pain Management Associates office near you or book an appointment online today.