Back pain is a common cause of disability, affecting as many as 80% of Americans at some time during their lives. It can impact the quality of life and inhibit the ability to move, sleep and engage in everyday activities. The severity of back pain may vary from mild to severe, ranging from a dull ache to a shooting pain or stabbing sensation. Back pain can often be relieved with rest, pain medication, and physical therapy. It’s best to see a doctor when the pain persists for more than two weeks, starts radiating down your legs, and causes numbness or tingling.
Back pain can result from a variety of injuries and conditions, but there are also a few factors that may put you at greater risk for developing back pain. These include age, lack of exercise, weight, smoking and diseases such as arthritis, cancer, and osteoporosis. General causes of back pain include:
Pain Medicine physicians treating back and neck pain use injections as both a therapeutic treatment and diagnostic tools. Injections are non-surgical options when medicine and physical therapy do not provide intended outcomes and can also help identify the exact source of pain. Injections typically involve the use of an anti-inflammatory steroid to reduce swelling and a numbing agent to disrupt or block pain signals from being transmitted to the brain.
Also known as blocks for impeding nerves from sending pain signals to the brain, injections are usually outpatient procedures. While the patient is lying face down, a local anesthetic is applied to the injection site. Advanced imaging technology may be used to help guide the physician, depending on the type of injection.
There are several common injections for back and neck pain:
Several factors could be leading to new or aggravated back pain during this pandemic. From a new work-from-home work space, sedentary routines and/or increased levels of stress–when combined with barriers to treatment access could lead to unmanaged pain.
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