These Innovative Treatments Can Relieve Pain for Months or Even Years
If you suffer from chronic back or neck pain, you might be looking for pain relief that doesn't involve medication. Narcotic medications can be very effective for treating short-term or intermittent pain, but because these drugs are addictive and can lose effectiveness over time, they're not necessarily the best long-term solution for chronic pain.
Fortunately, there are a number of pain-relief treatments that can be effective and long-lasting that don’t involve medication. The type of treatment your doctor prescribes will depend on the condition that's causing your pain and the type of pain you're experiencing. Here are some of the most innovative pain-relief treatments along with the conditions they're used to treat:
Epidural Steroid Injections
These injections contain anti-inflammatory agents (steroids or cortisone) and a local anesthetic and are used to treat sciatica and back pain. Steroids and the anesthetic are injected directly into the epidural space in the spine where they flush out the agents that are creating the pain-causing inflammation. Steroids also help to reduce the immune system's response to the inflammation because that response can be adding to the pain.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation, also called neurostimulation therapy, keeps pain signals from reaching the brain. This noninvasive treatment is frequently used to relieve leg and lower back pain. Spinal cord stimulation delivers electrical signals to the area around the spinal cord via a small pulse generator that's surgically placed near the spinal cord just underneath the skin where it produces a mild tingling sensation. The device delivers different levels of stimulation, can be turned on or off as needed and can be removed at any time.
Precision Nerve Injections
This treatment is used to relieve pain associated with pinched nerves and inflamed facet joints that cause neck or back pain. The results can last for months or even years. An injection is made to numb the facet joint nerves so that your doctor can see if the pain is originating there. If it is, a combination of steroids and local anesthetic is injected directly into the facet joints. If the pain is coming from a damaged or pinched nerve, you’ll receive the same injection in and around that particular nerve. X-rays ensure that the precision nerve injections are delivered precisely to the spot where the pain is coming from.
This minimally invasive procedure destroys nerve tissue to relieve pain. This treatment uses heat from a radio wave to remove nerve tissue. That, in turn, reduces the pain signals coming from that area. This procedure does not stimulate the nerves directly, so no anesthesia is required. This is a relatively new procedure that has gained popularity over the last 15 years because of its promising results.
To learn more about innovative pain relief treatments that don't involve medications, visit Advanced Pain Care in Austin, Texas, or call us directly for more in-depth information.