When back pain turns into a chronic condition, the pain usually doesn’t respond well to conservative medical care. As a specialist in interventional medicine and pain management, Humam Akbik, MD, at Cincinnati Comprehensive Pain Center has helped many patients overcome their back pain with interventional treatment plans customized to meet their individual needs. To learn more about your treatment options, call the office in Fairfield, Ohio, or use the online contact form to request a phone call from their staff.
Back Pain Q & A
What causes back pain?
Soft tissue injuries are largely responsible for back pain in younger adults. As you get older, however, you’re more likely to develop back pain due to conditions associated with age-related degeneration, such as:
Back pain occurs when these conditions irritate or place pressure on nerves in the spinal cord.
Will I have symptoms other than back pain?
When your nerves are pinched, damaged, or irritated, it’s common to experience symptoms in addition to pain, such as tingling, burning, numbness, and muscle weakness. Your symptoms can appear anywhere along the affected nerve, often radiating through your arms or legs.
How is back pain treated?
Dr. Akbik has extensive experience in interventional therapies that successfully treat back pain, including:
Lumbar epidural steroid injection
Dr. Akbik injects steroids into the epidural space between your spine and the spinal cord. Using real-time X-ray imaging, he precisely places the needle near the nerves causing your pain. As the steroid bathes nerves in the area, inflammation is diminished and your pain is relieved.
Lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy
Dr. Akbik uses radiofrequency energy to heat the specific nerves sending pain signals to your brain. The heat temporarily damages the nerve, which stops the nerve signals. When your brain doesn’t receive pain information from the nerve, you won’t feel the pain.
Lumbar sympathetic block
Nerve signals are effectively blocked when a local anesthetic is injected at or near a nerve. As this injection targets sympathetic nerves in the lower back, it helps relieve back and leg pain.
Lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection
This steroid injection is directed into an area in the spine called the transforaminal space, where it directly targets nerve roots at a specific vertebra. By comparison, an injection into the epidural space allows the medication to reach numerous nerves in the surrounding area.
Sacroiliac (SI) joint injection
The sacroiliac joint is where the lower portion of your spine where it connects with each hip bone. SI joint dysfunction causes pain in your lower back as well as your hip, so this injection helps relieve back pain. An SI joint injection generally contains a local anesthetic for quick but short-lived pain relief and steroids for longer-lasting results.
To learn whether you’re a good candidate for interventional treatments to relieve back pain, call Cincinnati Comprehensive Pain Center or request a phone call from their staff by completing the online form.