Back and neck pains are some of the most common ailments for adults. 85% of adults below the age of 50 report back pain in at least one occurrence and most will have at least one more. Lower back pain is becoming more prevalent possibly because we are becoming a more sedentary society. A 1990 study showing the rankings of “…the most burdensome conditions in the U.S. in terms of mortality or poor health as a result of disease put low back pain in sixth place; in 2010, low back pain jumped to third place, with only ischemic heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ranking higher.” Most neck and back pain is a temporary condition but lower back pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in 2014.
Pain can be caused by an array of problems. These can include irritated nerves, muscle strain, or damaged bones, joints, or ligaments, among other origins. The symptoms and severity present themselves very differently person to person so it is important to identify the main cause to work towards proper relief treatment.
The subspecialty of interventional pain management uses minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. Physicians trained in pain management work to improve a patient’s quality of life and functional activity by utilizing pain-blocking techniques. For the most effective and fastest reduction of pain, treatment is a combination of resources – not just prescribing a medicine or referring to a physical therapist – with a focus on a finding the main source of the problem.
Pain management can help alleviate pain on a range of levels and durations and even help pain related to headaches, bone pain, neuropathy, back and neck pain, muscle pain, and epilepsy, among others. If you find that treatments aren’t working or the pain is impacting your day-to-day life, it is time to seek the help of a professional pain management specialist.
Integrated Neurology Services offers a variety of pain management options for our patients including those who suffer from back, neck, and spine pain, headaches, multiple sclerosis (MS), and Parkinson’s disease. If you are interested in setting up an appointment or learning more about this service give us a call at 703-313-9111 or email us at email@example.com.