Managing Pain for Spine Conditions
Pain is a sensation triggered by the central nervous system to alert the body to an area where there may be possible injury. Chronic pain, on the other hand, is a persistent signaling of the central nervous system over a period of weeks, months, or even years.
In some cases there may have been an initial cause for the pain such as a sprain or infection, but in others there may be an ongoing condition that is the source of the chronic pain such as arthritis, infection, or a breakdown in the body caused by aging.
Individuals suffering from chronic pain may experience pain conditions such as:
- Pain in the lower back
- Chronic fatigue
- Muscle aches
- Sharp shooting pains in specific joints
For those suffering from chronic pain, facing each day can be quite a burden. Finding relief from chronic pain can literally change one’s life. At Chapman Neurosurgical Spine Institute (CNSI) we are uniquely qualified to diagnose, manage and treat chronic pain.
If you are suffering from serious chronic pain, contact our facility today and discuss the various pain management options that may be available to you.
Our spine specialists can discuss pain management related to:
Chronic back pain may originate from various medical conditions or injuries. In the past, many patients simply had to live with chronic back pain, but continual advancements in medicine and technology have yielded better ways to diagnose and treat this condition. With the right treatment, patients have the opportunity to experience partial or total pain relief.
Lumbar pain, which originates in the lower back, may vary in severity and may even radiate to other areas of the body. Potential causes include lumbar disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, back muscle strain, soft tissue injury, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis or compression fracture. It is important to accurately diagnose the source of lower back pain in order to render successful treatment.
Patients with sciatica often experience pain that affects the sciatic nerve, which extends from the lower back down the back of both legs. The pain may be constant, and some patients may experience shooting pains that make it difficult to stand. It usually affects only one side of the lower body and often extends from the lower back through the back of the thigh and down the leg. This pain may range from severe and debilitating to infrequent and more of a nuisance.
A complex type of chronic pain, neuropathic pain often occurs when nerve fibers are damaged or injured or otherwise not functioning properly, thus sending incorrect signals to pain centers in the body. Potential causes include alcoholism, amputation, back problems, chemotherapy, diabetes, multiple sclerosis and shingles. Patients may experience shooting and burning pain, tingling or numbness.
Cervical (Neck) Pain
Cervical pain occurs in the neck. Degenerative disc disease, whiplash, neck strain, a herniated disc or a pinched nerve are some of the common causes of cervical pain. Patients may experience pain in varying degrees depending on the condition and its severity. Identifying the cause of neck pain and then applying the appropriate treatment can help a patient experience relief.
Generally speaking, thoracic pain has not received as much attention as low back pain or neck pain. This type of pain affects the middle area of the back, below the neck and above the lumbar area. Causes may include physical trauma, poor posture, prolonged sitting, repetitive motion or strain, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Our spinal experts are prepared to identify the source of thoracic pain to help patients find relief.
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is a condition that affects the joints that connect the sacrum, a triangular-shaped bone at the lower portion of the spine, and right and left iliac bones, which make up the pelvis. This condition is characterized by pain in the area, and its most common cause is degenerative arthritis, or osteoarthritis. Pregnancy is another potential cause, along with gout, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis.
Learn About Pain Management
If you are experiencing pain in your neck or back, there may be an underlying condition that needs to be addressed. Chronic back pain can affect everything you do, decreasing your enjoyment of life and your ability to work or even perform day-to-day activities. Fortunately, you have options. Discuss pain management with a spine specialist at CNSI and you can find out what treatment options are available to you.
Each individual’s pain experience is unique and should be evaluated by an experienced pain management specialist. If you would like an appointment, please contact us or fill out an inquiry form to make an appointment.