If you are suffering from back or neck pain, you want relief right away. This makes pain management a critical component of recovery from whatever condition may be causing your spine discomfort. Be sure to discuss your options for pain management with your neurosurgeon. Learn more about some of the more common pain relief options below:
Epidural Steroid Injections
If you are experiencing pain in your lower back or neck, you may be suffering from inflamed joints in your spine, muscle strain, or nerve root irritation. Your neurosurgeon may recommend epidural steroid injections to both decrease inflammation and relieve pain.
Facet Joint & Medial Branch Blocks
If you are suffering from pain in your neck and mid or low back, your doctor may attribute symptoms to the facet nerves of specific facet joints. Your doctor may also recommend a medial branch nerve block to deliver steroids and anesthetic medications to the medial nerves initiating those pain signals.
Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Injections
Has your surgeon determined that your lower back pain originates from the space that connects your spine to your pelvis? If so, a numbing anesthetic may be injected into your sacroiliac joint to alleviate your symptoms.
Intrathecal Morphine Pump
If your back and leg pain is the result of a chronic condition that cannot be addressed at its source, your surgeon may consider implanting an intrathecal morphine pump. This pump delivers morphine directly into the spinal fluid, permitting a much lower dose than if the pain medication were to be taken orally.
Spinal Cord Stimulators
A second option to address chronic pain is the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator. This tool sends electrical impulses to the parts of your spinal cord causing your pain and blocks the brain's ability to sense pain in these areas—all without medication.
If you are experiencing back or neck pain, make an appointment with Houston’s premiere neurosurgeon, Dr. Gary Kraus. Call Kraus Back and Neck Institute at (888) 816-8954 to schedule a consultation today.