26 Sep 3 Modern, Non-Surgical Treatments for Neck and Back Pain
Pain medicine is a medical specialty now. Pain specialists are dedicated to treating chronic and severe pain using interventional pain procedures. They can treat chronic pain that hasn’t responded to surgery or physical therapy.
Here are three modern, nonsurgical procedures that can be used to treat patients with neck and back pain –
Facet joints are small joints at each part of the backbone that enable you to bend and make you back flexible. They have cartilage that prevents grinding during movement. With age or wear and tear, the cartilage can wear off causing pain. Pain in and around the facet joints or the nerve supplying the facets can be blocked by injecting a small amount of local anesthetic and/or steroid medication providing pain relief.
Trigger Point Injections
Trigger points are sensitive knots in the muscle that can irritate the surrounding nerves and tissues causing referred pain. Trigger Point injections can help inactivate a trigger point and relieve pain. These are recommended when conservative treatments don’t work and there’s no other underlying etiology for the pain, for example, spinal or joint etiology.
Radiofrequency Ablation is an interventional pain treatment that involves applying heat to nerve pathways to shut the transmission of pain signals to the brain. It is performed as an outpatient procedure performed under a local anesthetic and mild sedation.