The human back is a mural of bones, muscles, and nerves. If anything is damaged or out of place it can cause debilitating pain. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention. Back pain can occur as anything from a dull irritation to a shooting and stabbing pain. At the Elihu Institute for Pain Management we have treatment plans available to relieve all kinds of back pain.
Upper Back Pain
Pain in the neck and upper back is usually caused by poor posture, muscle strain or overuse, and injuries. Proper posture can prevent back pain altogether. The first and foremost treatment for upper back pain should always be rest. Rest and stretching can slightly improve upper back pain. If your upper back pain persists for more than a few weeks, contact Elihu Institute for Pain Management for a consultation.
Low Back Pain
Like upper back pain, posture and injuries are the most common causes for lower back pain. Lower back pain can also be an indicator for something wrong internally. If you are experiencing chronic or severe back pain, contact a doctor or our care team at Elihu Institute for Pain Management.
Epidural Steroid Injections
Epidural steroid injections are commonly used to relieve pain in the back, arms, and legs caused by damage in spinal nerves. The procedure is minimally invasive and only involves a small injection of steroid into the epidural space in the spine. If your back pain is caused by damaged nerves, an epidural steroid injection will provide lasting relief.
Facet joint injections
Facet joint injections can be extremely effective for relieving back pain. Injections can occur in any region of the back, wherever the pain is located. The procedure is short and minimally invasive. Pain relief can last several months. Call today to schedule a consultation to find out if facet joint injections are right for your back pain.
During radiofrequency ablations, radio waves produce a small electrical current that targets an area of nerve tissue, reducing pain in that specific location. This treatment option is generally well tolerated with few complications. Pain relief from radiofrequency ablations can last up to a year. Speak with a physician at Elihu Institute for Pain Management to learn if radiofrequency ablations are right for your back pain.
Spinal Cord Stimulators
Spinal cord stimulators deliver a low voltage electrical pulse into the spinal cord to block pain signals. The spinal cord stimulator is implanted near the spine in a minimally invasive procedure. Consult one of our physicians to see if a spinal cord stimulator is right for your back pain.