Back Pain

Many are confused when they hear the terms bulging and herniated discs. What, if anything, is the difference? Our discs lie between the vertebrae in the spine and when damaged cause back pain. Essentially, what discs are composed of is an outer layer made of tough cartilage that surrounds a much softer cartilage in the center. Visualize a small, cream filled...

Rest assured there are treatments for sciatica- the backaches and shooting pains can be controlled with epidurals when exercises fail to ease the pain. Sciatica refers to pain that can radiate along the path of the sciatic nerve, which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of your...

Degenerative disc disease refers to the pain, the weakness, or the numbness that occurs from a deteriorated disc in the spine, more than often due to aging. If you have been experiencing back pain along with numbness or a prickly sensation, you may be suffering from this condition. Mostly for aging individuals, disc degeneration is one of the most common causes...

You may have tried prescription medications and physical therapy to attempt to relieve lower back pain. Perhaps you have had less than perfect pain relief. Injections are indeed growing in popularity, as they provide targeted and immediate relief in most cases. Instead of popping a pill and hoping that it will relieve your back pain, you can now choose to...

Finding the right treatment option for chronic back pain can be frustrating. From medications to ice packs to physical therapy, you may have tried several forms of treatment, to no avail. In the past several years, doctors have been using a new procedure, with much success. Radiofrequency ablation has been used to treat chronic pain in the neck, mid-back, lower back,...

Compression fractures can happen for a variety of reasons. Car accidents, falls, and other trauma can cause the spine to develop fractures and develop pain in the back and surrounding areas. Osteoporosis and cancer can also cause the spine to weaken, which can lead to fractures. These compression fractures often come with severe pain. They can also cause deformities in the...

Sciatica can cause a significant amount of back pain. You may have tried just about everything for relief, however; perhaps you have not considered injections. Epidural steroid injections have been used for 65 years and provide extended relief for about 50 percent of patients. When used in conjunction with other treatments, the pain is even more manageable for a longer...

Spinal arthritis has the potential to be a debilitating condition that causes inflammation in the spinal facet joints. Because of the pressure they are forced to withstand, the spinal joints are especially prone to developing arthritis. There are five sets of facet joints located in the lower back, and they can become inflamed due to internal damage. The facet joints in...

If you’ve experienced back pain for a long time, you might notice than prescription drugs don’t seem to work. That’s because they’re not targeting the source of the pain. Injections deliver medicine precisely to the painful area so you get quick and effective relief. There are several common types of spinal injections. Doctors use X-ray guidance when using injections to ensure...

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