Neck and back pain can happen for a variety of reasons, from nerve damage to problems with the discs that cushion your vertebrae. If you’re dealing with herniated discs or any other condition that makes living your fullest life challenging, don’t suffer any longer. At Center for Pain Management in Edinburg, Texas, Tajul "Tim” Chowdhury, MD and the experienced team offer state-of-the-art procedures that yield long-term relief. Use the online booking tool now, or call the office to schedule your appointment today.
If you're in an accident or suffer from a chronic condition, the nerve passages in your spine can significantly narrow, causing painful inflammation of your nerves. This can lead to pain in your back (your thoracic or lumbar spine) and neck (your cervical spine).
Neck and back pain may also come from changes in the vertebral discs, the small cushions between your spinal vertebrae. Over time, your discs can shrink naturally, which leads to age-related disc degeneration. This degeneration can cause the vertebrae to rub together, resulting in serious inflammation and pain.
Sometimes, your vertebral discs can move out of position from trauma or a sudden movement. Called a herniated disc, this can be another common cause of back and neck pain, as it causes inflammation in the surrounding nerves and leaves the vertebrae in painful contact with each other.
In addition to nerve, vertebrae, and disc problems, the muscles that support your spine can become inflamed to make the pain even worse.
Treatment depends on your specific issues. At Center for Pain Management, the focus is long-term relief instead of short-term fixes. Dr. Chowdhury works with you to customize your pain relief treatment plan, using a variety of tools, from medication to more invasive therapies.
If you're dealing with chronic neck or back pain, medication isn't necessarily the best long-term solution because tolerance builds up over time. Some pain medications are also habit-forming. Epidural injections are one of the most effective back and neck pain solutions.
Epidural injections place steroid and anesthetic medications directly at the affected area. Dr. Chowdhury uses X-ray or ultrasound guidance to ensure precise placement for maximum pain relief. Epidural injections are an outpatient procedure, and you can typically resume your regular activities the next day.
Epidural injections relieve the painful inflammation enough to allow your body's natural healing abilities to start the recovery process. Usually, you'll notice pain relief effects within anywhere from a few days up to a week.
The longevity of epidural injections can vary considerably from one patient to another. Most patients get the maximum benefit from a short series of injections, with each injection at least two weeks apart. For example, you may get the most benefit from three injections spaced over six weeks.
If you respond well to epidural injections, a good long-term solution may be radiofrequency ablation to deactivate the nerves semi-permanently.
Book an appointment to find pain relief today by using the online tool or by calling Center for Pain Management now.