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Minimally-Invasive Intervention for Back Pain

Posted at 5:02 PM, Jun 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-18 19:22:03-04

Pain and stiffness in the back can range in severity from a minor annoyance to a completely debilitating problem. If you are experiencing back pain, it is important to speak with your doctor before trying any treatment options on your own. Your doctor can determine the cause of the problem and develop a treatment plan that’s right for you. Minimally invasive treatment options may be help reduce symptoms for extended periods, sometimes lasting more than a year. These interventional techniques typically compliment more conservative treatments and improve functional recovery while the body’s natural healing process takes place.

Possible back pain causes

  • Herniated or degenerative discs
  • Arthritis of spinal joints
  • Nerve compression
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Compression fractures
  • Muscle spasm

Minimally-invasive treatments for back pain

  • Rhizotomy/radiofrequency ablation
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty
  • Joint injections
  • Neuromodulation/Spinal cord stimulation

Conservative management

  • Medications
    • anti-inflammatory medications
    • oral steroids
    • muscle relaxants
    • nerve pain medications
  • Physical/Occupational Therapy Techniques
    • activity modification
    • gradual reactivation
    • therapeutic massage
    • development of strengthening and stretching daily home exercise program

Back pain can be caused by a variety of injuries and medical conditions, so it is best to speak with your doctor about your symptoms.