Back Pain

Brain & Spine Specialists

Neurologists & Neurosurgeons located in Panama City, FL

When back pain turns into a chronic condition, the pain seldom responds well to conventional treatments, leaving many patients with disabling pain that interferes with everyday life. The medical team at Brain & Spine Specialists can help you find relief with interventional pain treatments that get to the cause of the problem: the nerves sending pain signals to your brain. To learn more about your treatment options for back pain, call the office located in Panama City, Florida, nearest you or schedule an appointment online.

Back Pain Q&A

What causes back pain?

In young to middle-aged adults, low back pain often develops due to a soft tissue injury such as a strained muscle. As you age, your back pain is more likely to occur due to degenerative changes that take place over the years.

These are some of the most common causes of back pain.

  • Herniated disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis

Each of these conditions causes inflamed and compressed nerves, which are responsible for your back pain.

Will I have symptoms other than pain?

Chronic low back pain is bad enough, but when nerves are pinched, you can develop pain, tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness along the length of the nerve. A common example is sciatica, which causes pain that travels along the sciatic nerve from your lower back down through your leg.

How is back pain treated?

Conventional medical treatment for back pain typically includes medications to reduce inflammation and relax your muscles, as well as physical therapy to improve your range of motion and strengthen back muscles.

When your back pain doesn’t improve, the team at Brain & Spine Specialists offer the next step: Interventional pain management. Interventional pain techniques are very effective because they directly target the nerves responsible for your pain.

Here are two examples of interventional treatment options.

Epidural steroid injection

This injection targets the nerves that are inflamed and sending pain signals to your brain. Your doctor at Brain & Spine Specialists uses a special type of X-ray imaging, fluoroscopy, to guide the needle, placing it in the epidural space near the affected nerves.

After the medication is injected, it slightly spreads into the epidural space, surrounding the nerves with inflammation-reducing steroids.

Your doctor may also add a local anesthetic to the injection. The anesthetic provides immediate but temporary relief, while steroids take a little longer to work but deliver longer-lasting pain relief.

Spinal cord stimulation

A spinal cord stimulator relieves your back pain without using medication. Your doctor implants a small generator under your skin. The generator is attached to wires with leads that are guided along your spine and placed next to the nerves that are sending pain signals to your brain.

When the generator is activated, it sends a mild electrical impulse into the nerve, which blocks or masks the pain signals traveling through the nerves. Since your brain doesn’t get the message, you don’t feel the pain.

Don’t continue to suffer from back pain, call Brain & Spine Specialists or book an appointment online.