When it comes to back pain, it can be very stressful as well as painful. Back pain can occur on the upper, mid, or lower part of the back. Upper back pain is known as cervical back pain. Mid back pain is also referred to as thoracic back pain. Lower back pain is referred to as lumbar back pain. Whether you are experiencing cervical, thoracic, lumbar or a combination of the three, we have many procedures that can help to eliminate the pain. Back pain affects 80% of Americans at some time in their lives. Common back pain causes include arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and nerve and muscular problems. Many people find relief from symptoms of back pain when seen by a pain management specialist. It is important to understand that back pain is a symptom of a medical condition, not a diagnosis itself. Medical problems that can cause back pain are conditions and diseases, injuries, infections and tumors, or mechanical problems. Back pain can be a very difficult thing to deal with. It can make simple things like walking, bending, reaching, driving, etc. a very hard task to achieve. People that experience back pain with young children can also have difficulty lifting and playing with the children, which may also lead to deeper problems than just back pain. The person with the back pain may also begin to feel isolated if they remain inside due to the agonizing pain. Things such as these may later lead to depression. Back pain may also be a leading cause of lack of sleep. While the victim of back pain is experiencing the agonizing feeling of discomfort, sleep may be the first thing to go. It is wise to get the help necessary to treat upper, mid, or lower back pain as soon as it arises in order to break free from the symptoms they may cause such as those just discussed. If you have been experiencing any type of back pain such as cervical, thoracic, or lumbar pain and have any questions about how we can help, please feel free to give our scheduling coordinators a call. They are specialized and trained to get you in with one of the board certified pain management physicians that can best be equipped to suit your needs. Once scheduled, if you have had a recent MRI of the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine and would like us to review the MRI, please remember to bring the films or CD to your appointment. It you have not had an MRI done and your physician feels it is necessary, we have both open and high field closed MRIs available at some of our many locations. Ask for details
if a MRI will be necessary for your back pain treatment.