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Back Pain

Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care

Pain Management Physicians & Vein Specialists located across Northwest Indiana

Musculoskeletal back pain is one of the most common reasons for lost work time and long-term disability. If you're affected by back pain, the comprehensive treatments available at the Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care could transform your life. At their offices in Hobart, LaPorte, Munster, Valparaiso, and Highland, Indiana, the pain management specialists combine physical therapies and chiropractic techniques with cutting-edge treatments like epidural steroid injections, Vertiflex™, kyphoplasty, spinal cord stimulation, and radiofrequency ablation. Call the Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care office nearest you today to find out more or book an appointment using the online form.

Back Pain Q & A

What’s the cause of my back pain?

The causes of back pain are many and varied. Sometimes back pain develops because of a problem with your internal organs, such as a kidney infection or endometriosis. Most often, though, back pain is a result of damage to your musculoskeletal system.

Acute damage can occur when you're playing sports, as a result of a trip or fall, or in an auto accident. Moving awkwardly or having chronically poor posture can hurt your spine, too. Other types of back pain come on more slowly, often as part of the natural aging process or the result of years of wear-and-tear.

Conditions that the Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care team sees most often include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Herniated discs
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal subluxations (misalignments in the vertebrae)

These conditions and many others usually respond well to physical therapy and chiropractic techniques, which form the basis of most treatment programs.

How do physical therapy and chiropractic help with back pain?

Chiropractic adjustments and manipulation use gentle directional force to address subluxations, restoring your vertebrae to their correct position. This relieves pressure on the nerves in your spine, resolving the cause of pain in many cases. Your body is then better able to heal itself.

Physical therapy perfectly complements chiropractic manipulation. Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care has state-of-the-art physical therapy facilities on-site where they deliver treatments such as:

  • Functional movement exercises
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Stretching
  • Hot and cold therapies
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving creams
  • Manual therapy

Patient education is also vital, so you know how to look after your spine and prevent back pain in the future.

What other treatments are there for back pain?

While many patients find physical therapy and chiropractic resolves their back pain, you might need additional treatments if your pain persists.

Steroid injections have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect and typically contain a local anesthetic for additional pain relief. Injections available for back pain include interlaminar and transforaminal epidural steroid injections and facet joint injections.

Lumbar sympathetic blocks and facet nerve blocks contain anesthetic. They relieve pain short-term but are mainly diagnostic. Trigger point injections can be useful for relieving pain from knotted muscle fibers in your back.

Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care also offers a selection of advanced treatment options for persistent back pain, including:

  • Kyphoplasty for vertebral compression fractures
  • Radiofrequency ablation to destroy pain nerves in your spine
  • Vertiflex™ for treating lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Implantable spinal cord stimulators

Very few patients don't find relief from their back pain using non-surgical methods. However, if you do need surgery for back pain, the Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care team liaises with spinal surgeons in the area to get you the treatment you need.

Find the solution for your back pain by calling the Centers for Pain Control and Vein Care today or book an appointment online.