Axis Spine and Pain
Board Certified Pain Medicine & Board Certified Anesthesiology located in Macon, GA & Warner Robins, GA
When you have ongoing back pain that doesn’t respond to medication and home care, it can stop you from being able to do simple tasks or specific activities. You might benefit from stronger measures of pain relief that directly target the affected area. At Axis Spine and Pain, board-certified physicians offer injections and other treatment for patients in Warner Robins and Macon, Georgia, who deal with chronic back pain.
Back Pain Q & A
What are the causes of back pain?
You can have back pain from wear and tear on your spinal discs, an injury, or a medical condition that affects your joints, such as osteoarthritis. This pain usually occurs when a problem with your disc or an injury puts pressure on nerves in your spinal cord. Common causes of back pain include the following:
- Herniated or bulging discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Ligament tears and other soft tissue injuries
How do doctors diagnose back pain?
At Axis Spine and Pain, board-certified physicians conduct a thorough evaluation of your spine to find out what’s causing your symptoms.
They investigate your pain’s origin, how severe it is, and whether your range of motion is limited. If needed, you might also have to get X-rays or other imaging tests that provide doctors with more detailed information.
Doctors at Axis Spine and Pain also offer discography for diagnosing back pain, which involves putting pressure on discs to determine the cause of pain.
What are the treatments for back pain?
Medication, physical therapy, and other conventional treatments might not relieve back pain.
At Axis Spine and Pain, other kinds of treatments are available for pain in the lower, mid, or upper back. These include facet injections, epidural injections, radiofrequency ablation, and spinal cord stimulation.
What are spinal injections?
Facet injections, epidural injections, and radiofrequency ablation all involve preventing nerves from sending pain signals to your brain.
Facet and epidural injections require the use of corticosteroids to relieve inflammation in the affected part of your back.
Radiofrequency ablation involves using radiofrequency waves to generate heat and damage the affected nerves. These nerves die off gradually, resulting in pain relief.
What is spinal cord stimulation?
When you have spinal cord stimulation for back pain, doctors use electrical pulses that help prevent pain signals from going to your brain. This type of treatment involves having a device implanted close to your spine, which emits electrical pulses as needed.
The physicians at Axis Spine and Pain let you know if you’re a suitable candidate for this kind of treatment. In general, this usually includes patients who have chronic back pain that hasn’t improved with other types of treatment.
If you need treatment for back pain, please contact Axis Spine and Pain to set up an appointment.