More than 80% of Americans will have at least one episode of back pain in their lives. This ends up costing the American taxpayers approximately $100 billion annually.
With a cost this great, wouldn’t you want to see these people suffering from back pain to get better, faster?
There are several approaches to dealing with back pain. These include conservative care such as chiropractic and physical therapy, some less conservative care such as interventional pain management and medical management. And then, as a last resort, we have surgery.
Chiropractic and physical therapy are great first line treatment options for back pain that doesn’t cause any life altering symptoms.
Chiropractic has been around for more than a century and has been helping people get relief from their pain since its inception.
The goal of both chiropractic and physical therapy is to find out certain movement dysfunctions and correct them.
Usual pain treatments include electrical muscle stimulation, certain stretches, various exercises, and possibly joint manipulation. This helps correct the dysfunction and make sure everything is working as it should. An easy way to put it is, it stretches tight muscles and strengthens loose muscles.
If that doesn’t work, we can go to interventional pain management. This includes various injections of medicine into the tissues that are causing the pain.
How great is it that doctors are able to inject the medicine exactly where it needs to go, and not put medicine in the entire body(as pills do)?
This is done when the pain is either giving neurological symptoms or is so severe that you are unable to function properly. This form of treatment is very beneficial to patients in that it only takes an approximately thirty minute procedure and most of the time, the patient feels great relief almost immediately.
Interventional pain management is used for various types of back pain that don’t respond well to chiropractic or physical therapy. Some causes of the pain could be anything from a disc herniation, to facet syndrome, to a sprained muscle.
For those patients in Baltimore that still aren’t getting great relief from interventional pain management, there’s a surgical option if the pain is life altering.
Surgery is everyone’s last choice and option.
For back pain, surgery is risky and often comes with complications. The rehabilitation time is often measured in months and there is no guarantee that you’ll be better off afterwards.
Here at The Pain Doctors, we try to exhaust all viable options before sending the case to a surgeon.
Our office, located at 4300 Belair Rd, Baltimore, MD 21206, offers our patients a complete pain management program.
We have in-house physical therapists, chiropractors, and medical doctors specializing in pain management.
We strongly believe that having a multi-pronged approach allows us to help more patients return to their normal state of life faster than either one of these approaches.