Louisiana Pain Specialists
Pain Management & Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation located in New Orleans, Kenner, Baton Rouge, Marrero, Laplace, & Metairie, LA
Back pain is a common condition and usually resolves within a few days or a few weeks. However, some people have chronic back pain that makes everyday activities challenging. The team at Louisiana Pain Specialists in Kenner, Metairie, Laplace, Baton Rouge, Marrero, and New Orleans, Louisiana, takes a balanced approach to back pain. They use a combination of traditional, interventional, and advanced pain management treatments to ease your discomfort. For help with your back pain, call the office nearest you or schedule a consultation with the back pain experts online today.
Back Pain Q & A
What is back pain?
Back pain includes any discomfort involving the structure or function of your back. Back pain is a common pain complaint and may be acute or chronic.
Acute back pain
Most people with back pain have acute back pain, which lasts no longer than three weeks. This type of pain usually develops from an acute injury, and the discomfort goes away once it heals.
Chronic back pain
Chronic back pain is pain that lasts three or more months. This type of pain may develop from an acute injury but never goes away.
You can also develop chronic back pain from degenerative changes in your spine as you get older.
What causes back pain?
Back pain usually develops from a mechanical problem involving the structure and function of your back. Common causes of back pain include:
- Bulging or herniated disc
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet joint syndrome
- Lumbar radiculopathy
- Post laminectomy syndrome
- Spinal stenosis
- Spinal infection
- Compression fractures
You may also develop back pain from conditions that affect other weight-bearing joints, such as arthritis in your knees or hips.
How is back pain diagnosed?
When you visit Louisiana Pain Specialists for help with your back pain, the team conducts a comprehensive exam to find the origins of your discomfort. Finding the source of your pain helps the team create the most effective treatment plan.
During your visit, they ask detailed questions about your pain, review your medical history and perform a physical exam.
Your provider also runs diagnostic testing to confirm or rule out the underlying cause of your back pain. Testing might include X-rays, CT scans, MRI, or nerve conduction studies.
In some cases, the team may perform a diagnostic injection to find the source of your pain.
How is back pain treated?
The experts at Louisiana Pain Specialists customize your back pain treatment plan based on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms.
Your treatment plan may include:
- Activity modification
- Weight loss
- Physical therapy
- Epidural steroid injections
- Trigger point injections
- Decompression discectomy
- Disc denervation
- Facet joint injections
- The Vertiflex™ Procedure
- The Minuteman® Procedure
- Nerve blocks
- Radiofrequency ablation
- Spinal cord stimulation
- Percutaneous discectomy
The Louisiana Pain Specialists team works one-on-one with you, designing a plan to provide long-term relief from your back pain.
For innovative back pain care, call Louisiana Pain Specialists or book an appointment online today.