Back Pain Management Approaches

May 2, 2024

Back pain is one of the most common medical problems, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. At Greater Austin Pain Center, we specialize in treating back pain using a holistic and multidisciplinary approach. Our goal is to alleviate your pain and improve your quality of life through the most effective back pain management strategies.

Understanding Back Pain

Back pain can vary greatly from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation that leaves you incapacitated. It can be acute, lasting a few days or weeks, or chronic, persisting for more than three months. Causes of back pain include muscle or ligament strain, bulging or ruptured discs, arthritis, skeletal irregularities, and osteoporosis.

Comprehensive Back Pain Management Strategies

Medication Management

Over-the-Counter (OTC) Pain Relievers

  • NSAIDs: Medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and acetaminophen can reduce inflammation and relieve mild to moderate back pain by decreasing inflammation in affected areas.

Prescription Medications

  • For more severe pain, our doctors may prescribe stronger NSAIDs, muscle relaxants to reduce muscle tension, or antidepressants which can also help alleviate chronic back pain. Opioids are prescribed with caution and for short durations due to their potential for dependency.

Lifestyle Modifications

Ergonomic Adjustments

  • Proper ergonomics at both work and home can significantly reduce strain on your back. Ensure that your workstation supports your lower back and allows your feet to stay flat on the floor. This helps maintain a proper posture that minimizes back pain.

Weight Management

  • Keeping a healthy weight is crucial as excess weight can increase strain on the back, leading to increased pain. We provide guidance on achieving and maintaining an optimal weight for back health.

Quit Smoking

  • Smoking can impair blood flow, leading to decreased oxygen and nutrients to spinal tissues, which can exacerbate back pain. We offer support and strategies to help quit smoking.

Interventional Treatments

Epidural Steroid Injections

  • These injections can significantly reduce inflammation around the nerve roots and discs, providing relief from pain and allowing patients to engage in physical therapy and rehabilitation more effectively.

Nerve Blocks

  • By specifically targeting nerves that are transmitting pain signals, nerve blocks can provide temporary relief and help in diagnosing the specific source of pain.

Radiofrequency Neurotomy

  • This technique uses heat to disrupt pain signals from the spine, providing longer-term relief from chronic back pain.

Spinal Cord Stimulation

  • This approach uses electrical impulses to interrupt pain signals before they reach the brain, helping to reduce back pain without the use of medications.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation

  • Similar to radiofrequency neurotomy, this procedure targets nerves in the lower back to provide relief from chronic pain by disrupting pain signal pathways.

ViaDisc and MinuteMan Procedures

  • ViaDisc treatment involves an injectable compound designed to promote disc healing and provide relief from discogenic pain. This innovative approach can help restore disc function without the need for invasive surgery.
  • MinuteMan is a minimally invasive spinal implant designed to stabilize the spine without the extensive recovery associated with traditional surgery. It's particularly useful in treating spinal conditions that contribute to lower back pain.

Tailoring Your Treatment Plan

At Greater Austin Pain Center, we understand that back pain affects every individual differently. We work closely with our patients to develop personalized treatment plans that address their specific needs, preferences, and lifestyles. Our team of experts uses a combination of the above strategies to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.

For Back Pain Treatment in the Austin Area, Trust Greater Austin Pain Center

Back pain doesn't have to limit your life. With the right treatment approach, you can manage your back pain effectively and regain your mobility and comfort. Contact Greater Austin Pain Center today to discover how we can help you manage back pain and return to a more active, fulfilling life.

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Curious about Spinal Cord and Peripheral Nerve Stimulation? Join our doctors for an in-person lunch and learn session to find out more about these treatments and ask any questions you may have. This event will be 12–1pm, sign up below to receive more details and RSVP.

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People often experience different levels of pain that need different types of pain care management. We can help you find a customized pain relief regimen that addresses the root issues. Please contact us to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations in Austin, Kyle, Dripping Springs, and San Marcos!

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