Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people miss days of work. If you or someone you care about has been living with back pain for too long then may need to look for options beyond the standards of physiotherapy and painkillers. Here are some of your options for chronic lumbar spinal pain treatment in York.
Firstly, we need to consider what causes chronic back pain. For most people, back pain will fade after around eight weeks. If your pain has lasted longer than this, then there may be an underlying condition that is causing the pain. In many cases, lasting back pain is a result of a degenerative issue, often as a result of ageing. Spinal cord or nerve problems, endometriosis, or fibromyalgia can all be causes of long-lasting back pain.
Depending on your situation, it may be necessary to investigate the cause of your pain before treatment begins. This is most often done with an MRI which will give a clearer picture of what is going on. Once the cause has been identified, the most effective treatment can be used.
Treatment options include:
Facet and Medial Branch Blocks – These are injections of anaesthetic and steroids into or near the joint that is responsible for the pain. This can dramatically reduce pain. The effects are temporary but can last up to two years at a time.
Epidural Steroid Injections – With these injections, the steroids are injected directly into the gaps in your spine. In some cases, this injection can be used to flush out the joint to remove any sources of inflammation. The effects are temporary. They can last for as little as a week or as much as a year.
Facet Joint Radiofrequency Denervation – This is a procedure that uses heat to try and alter the function of the nerves that are causing the pain. The effects of this treatment last between 8 and 24 months.
Chronic Lumbar Spinal Pain Treatment In York
If you are ready to explore chronic lumbar spinal pain treatment in York, then please make an appointment at York Pain Management Clinic. Dr Muhammad Laklouk is an experienced anesthesiologist. He will work with you to find a solution that gives you the best results possible.