Spinal pain management is a comprehensive care plan for patients with complex or persistent back or neck pain. If you're struggling with a painful spine condition, orthopaedic spine specialist Evan O'Brien, MD, and Chris Hennessey, PA, at Woodbury Spine, can help. At their practice in Woodbury, New Jersey, they prepare customized spinal pain management treatment programs for patients with chronic back or neck pain. To find out how you can benefit from spinal pain management, call Woodbury Spine, or book an appointment online today.
Spinal pain management is an approach to reducing and relieving back or neck pain using a combination of treatments.
Back pain and neck pain are some of the most common musculoskeletal conditions, affecting millions of people across the United States. While many have mild symptoms and recover quickly, chronic spinal pain is a major problem.
Woodbury Spine uses spinal pain management techniques to address your symptoms and relieve them where possible, without the need for surgery.
Dr. O'Brien treats a wide variety of conditions using spinal pain management techniques. Some of the problems that benefit from spinal pain management include:
Dr. O'Brien creates an individualized treatment program for patients with conditions like these that contain the most appropriate, effective therapies.
Treatments that might feature in your spinal pain management program include:
Physical therapy is vital in successful pain management. A skilled physical therapist uses a variety of techniques to keep you mobile and strengthen your musculoskeletal system without causing further damage.
Anti-inflammatory and pain-killing medications can help manage back and neck pain and enable you to exercise. You might also benefit from other drugs that act on your nerves and pain receptors, such as antiseizure medications and low-dose tricyclic antidepressants.
Steroid injections into the epidural space around your spine and specific areas like the facet joints act as potent anti-inflammatories. Dr. O'Brien typically uses a combination of a steroid and a local anesthetic to provide both short and long-term relief.
If your condition still isn't improving, there are other spinal pain management options to consider before surgery. These options are minimally invasive procedures such as:
Dr. O'Brien uses image guidance to insert a needle into the nerves that are generating spinal pain. He delivers radiofrequency energy that destroys the nerves, cutting off the pain signals to your brain.
A spinal cord stimulator is a neurostimulation device that Dr. O'Brien implants into the spinal canal adjacent to the spinal cord. Using a remote unit, you deliver electrical pulses from the stimulator that scramble the nerve activity in a specific area of your spine to control pain.
A pain pump is an implantable device that delivers prescription medication directly to the spinal fluid surrounding the spinal cord to relieve chronic back and leg pain.
If you have vertebral compression fractures, Dr. O'Brien can fill the bones with a special bone cement to stabilize the fractures and stop your pain. With Kyphoplasty or the SpineJack, he first inserts a small balloon or small scissor jack to restore height to a crushed vertebral bone.
If you need help with chronic or severe neck or back pain, Dr. O'Brien's spinal pain management programs can help. Call Woodbury Spine today or book an appointment online.