Chronic back pain is the leading cause of disability in Kingsland and Brunswick, Georgia and it can make it difficult to perform even basic daily tasks. At the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia, we offer tailored treatments to give you significant and long-lasting relief from your pain.
What is Back Pain?
Back pain is not only one of the most common causes of missing work and doctor visits, but it’s also the worldwide leading cause of disability. The vast majority of people will experience back pain at least once in their lives—but for many people, the pain doesn’t go away.
The good news is there are steps to take which can go a long way in treating back pain and relieving the pain. Surgery is rarely ever a requirement when treating back pain.
What Causes Back Pain?
Sudden back pain that lasts no more than six weeks (otherwise known as acute back pain) most commonly results from falls or heavy lifting. This is more common than back pain that lasts more than three months (chronic back pain).
Often developing with no clear cause that a doctor can pinpoint with imaging studies or other tests, back pain may be linked to one or more of the following issues:
- Muscle injuries
- Frequent heavy lifting or a sudden, awkward movement can cause strains in back muscles or spinal ligaments.
- Herniated Discs
- Serving as cushions and shock absorbers between the spine’s vertebrae, discs feature a soft material inside which can rupture or bulge and place pressure upon a nearby nerve. It’s possible, however, to have a ruptured or bulging disc with no associated pain.
- The lower back can be affected by osteoarthritis. Spinal arthritis can cause narrowing of the surrounding spinal cord or spinal stenosis.
- If the bones in the spine become brittle and porous, you can develop a painful condition called vertebral compression fractures.
What Are the Symptoms of Back Pain?
Back pain can come in many forms depending on the person and the underlying cause. You may experience any of the following:
- Aching muscles
- Stabbing or shooting pain
- Pain that improves when reclining
- Pain that worsens when lifting, standing, walking, or bending
- Pain that radiates down the leg
How is Back Pain Treated in Brunswick, GA?
The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers a wide range of effective treatment options to manage and ease back pain:
- Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
- This procedure requires implanting a PNS device along your peripheral nerves that help train your brain to ignore or switch off pain signals.
- Spinal Cord Stimulation
- This procedure involves inserting a stimulation device in the epidural space to send weak currents to painful peripheral nerves to block pain signals.
- Nerve Blocks and Injections
- Nerve blocks work to block specific nerves responsible for your pain from transmitting pain signals to the brain. This short procedure can offer short-term or long-term relief.
- Radiofrequency Ablation
- This procedure, sometimes called rhizotomy, uses RF energy to heat and burn painful nerves to stop them from sending pain signals. Results can last for years.
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
You don’t need to live with the pain and reduced quality of life that can come with chronic back pain. The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia serves patients in Kingsland and Brunswick, GA with effective back pain treatments. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to develop a personalized treatment plan.