Relieve Back and Spine Disorders Without Surgery
The key to ending back pain and the many other debilitating symptoms of spine disorder rests in the hands of a spine specialist. Orthopedic surgeons and spine surgeons have the training and expertise to perform surgical procedures, but that is not typically the first step toward recovery. Careful diagnosis and consideration of many nonsurgical spine care options comes first.
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, almost anyone can suffer from back and spine disorders, although factors such as age, heredity, obesity, and similar things can make a difference. Chronic back pain can effectively be treated with simple solutions such as rest, hot/cold compresses, exercise, physical therapy, pain medications, topical analgesics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or muscle relaxants. Good posture, nutrition, stress reduction, and better sleep habits also help with pain management.
Treatments Go Beyond Pain Relief
Orthopedic spine specialists can recommend more comprehensive non-surgical back and spine treatments to address the cause of any discomfort. These back and spine procedures may include:
- Steroid injections (caudal, lumbar)
- Epidural injections (cervical or lumbar)
- Lumbar sympathetic block
- Nerve conduction study
- Facet joint injections
- Fascia iliaca block
Spine specialists may recommend spinal injections for certain types of back and spine conditions. These shots may reduce the swelling and inflammation associated with painful disorders like spinal stenosis, sciatica, or herniated disc.
Epidural injections address the issue of inflamed or “pinched” nerves along the spinal column. These shots involve anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medication. Epidural injections may be therapeutic or be used to locate the isolated nerve causing your back pain.
Facet joint injections offer both diagnostic and therapeutic benefits as well. These injections target joints along the back of the lower lumbar spine and are favored in cases of arthritis, degenerative spine disorders or back injury impacting the neck, middle and lower back. These shots can anesthetize the spinal nerve to locate the source of pain, then block that pain with the addition of radiofrequency ablation to destroy the painful nerve surrounding the joint.
Back and Spine Testing with Electrodiagnostics
The spine was uniquely designed to support free range of motion while also transmitting signals related to sensory and motor nerves. Back pain or spinal disorders can interrupt these signals and provide doctors with important diagnostic information. Orthopedic spine specialists may prescribe electrodiagnostic testing for your condition. Electromyography (EMG) analyzes electrical activity in muscles using tiny needles inserted along the spine as you tense and relax on cue.
Nerve conduction studies may be done with EMG to test nerve function. A mild electrical current stimulates nerves in the spinal cord while electrodes trace the path of the electric impulses as they travel through the body. Nerve conduction studies can assess the scope of nerve damage, find the affected area or measure progress during spine care treatment. Conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, cervical radiculopathy, and ulnar nerve compression frequently call for this type of nonsurgical spine procedure.
No matter what your back or spine condition may be, effective treatment can be found at Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic and Spine Hospital – Arlington. Contact our spine care team, including orthopedic surgeons and spine specialists, to learn more about nonsurgical spine procedures. Call 855-41-ORTHO for an appointment to eliminate back and spine pain from your life today.