Posts Tagged ‘chronic pain’

Chronic Back Pain

December 3, 2008

Chronic back pain has multiple causes.  Often these patients are placed on narcotic medications to treat chronic back pain.  Other common options offered to chronic back pain sufferers include low back surgery.  Regrettably, both of these options used to treat chronic back pain can often make the problem worse.  Again, finding a specific cause of the chronic back pain is an important part of planning treatment.  For example, chronic back pain due to a disc bulge pressing on a nerve or the dura can often be treated sucessfully with a stem cell injection into the disc.  Other treatment options for chronic back pain include epidural steroid injections, facet injections, trigger point injections, prolotherapy, and physical therapy.

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Back Pain Relief

December 3, 2008

Back pain relief strats with a specific diagnosis.  You can’t get back pain relief without knowing what’s causing the back pain.  Once the structure causing the back pain is known, back pain relief is the next step.  If you have a disc problem, the cutting out a piece of the disc or fusion is rarely a way to get back pain releif.  Other options for disc related back pain relief include stem cell injections.  If you have a facet joint problem, back pain relief may be gained with either the injection of stem cells into the joint or facet joint radiofrequency.  SI joint problems can also cause back pain and injecting the SI joint with anti-inflammatories or stem cells may allow for back pain relief.  Prolotherapy may also provide back pain relief.  Other options for back pain relief include: acupuncture and acupressure , epidurals , physical therapy , and massage therapy.

Avoid Back Surgery

December 3, 2008

As a physician who has treated thousands of patients with chronic low back pain, back surgery is a two edged sword.  Back surgery can be avoided in 99% of the cases and is performed 90% of the time when it shouldn’t be.  New treatments such as transforaminal epidurals work in many patients.  Back surgery has significant complications and often produces more back surgery.  If you have a disc bulge, treating your low back and leg pain with stem cells is now one way to avoid back surgery.  This new stem cell treatment can repair a disc bulge rather than cutting on the disc, which ultimately weakens the disc.