Back Pain Treatment
Connecticut Pain Solutions provides pain management and neurology services in Stamford and Wallingford, CT. Call 203-724-9290 (Stamford) or 203-626-9080 (Wallingford) to learn more and schedule your appointment.
At Connecticut Pain Solutions, we have a simple but powerful goal: to use our technologically advanced, minimally invasive techniques to help you avoid surgery. We treat back pain safely but aggressively in many different ways.
First, we will evaluate your pain to learn whether it is neurological or anatomical, and to determine exactly which bodily structures are affected. Depending on our findings, we might use one or several of the following back pain treatments:
Epidural Steroid Injections
Epidural steroid injections have been used since 1952 for lower back pain, and they are now common for thoracic (mid-back) pain as well. They are typically used alongside other treatments as part of a full pain management regimen.
Many different structural problems can inflame and irritate the nerves of the mid-back or lower back. A variety of different nerve blocks can stop these nerves from sending pain signals to your brain for some time.
If the pain originates in a specific joint, such as the SI (sacroiliac) joint or the facet joints, steroids and numbing agents can be injected directly into the affected joint. These injections typically provide pain relief for months or years.
Also known as radiofrequency rhizotomy, this procedure is generally performed after a facet joint nerve block confirms the source of the pain. Radiofrequency waves are used to burn off the affected nerve, providing pain relief for up to two years. In fact, some people never need another ablation, even after the nerve regenerates.
Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive surgery that can treat compression fractures from osteoporosis. The procedure is used to stabilize the vertebrae, restore vertebral height, and relieve pain. Patients generally go home the same day, and recovery time is minimal.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
If your pain is neuropathic, a spinal cord stimulator can bring about dramatic pain relief. We can implant, program, and manage an FDA-approved spinal cord stimulation unit.
Trigger Point Injections
If you have back pain, you likely have trigger points—tightly wound muscle knots that can cause extreme pain. While they can usually be relieved by massage, medication injections can often bring faster and more complete relief.
If you suffer from back pain, you are probably taking one or more pain medications. We offer medication management services, with the goal of helping you gradually reduce the amount of medication you need.
Physical therapy is a key component of most treatment plans for back pain. The other techniques are used to relieve the pain enough for you to be able to participate in physical therapy. Your physical therapist will craft a customized set of treatment goals, and a plan to restore your range of motion and strength, as well as to reduce your pain.