Back Pain

At Integrated Pain Consultants, we prioritize safe medication management for all drugs including opioids. Determining when opioids can be a safe pain management technique requires experience, keeping up with the latest research, and a firm understanding of the current U.S. opioid abuse epidemic. Opioids, when prescribed cautiously, when patients are monitored, and when opioid use is used for short-term management...

The Mayo Clinic and your team at Integrated Pain Consultants agree that back pain is the most common complaint, caused by a variety of issues from strained muscles to a bulging disc. Back pain is most common in the low back, between the hip bone and ribs. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments available, and many are non-invasive. There’s...

Arthritis of the lumbar facet joints can be a source of significant low back pain. The facet joints link each vertebra together and are aligned on the back of the spinal column. Articular cartilage covers the surfaces where these joints meet. As with other joints in the body that are covered with articular cartilage, the lumbar facet joints can be...

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...

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