Management Of Back Pain
Back pain is the second most common condition that patients seek medical care (the first being the common cold). A majority of people will suffer from back pain at some time in their lives. The spine is a very complex structure composed of the vertebrae (bones), intervertebral disks, spinal cord and nerve roots, muscles, ligaments and other supporting structures. The most common areas of pain are in the neck (Cervical), and the lower back (Lumbar). There are a vast number and array of treatments of spinal conditions, which can be somewhat daunting to the patient.
Etiology Of Back Pain
Disk herniations and nerve impingement are the two most common and known causes of back pain. Cervical nerve impingement can lead to shooting pain in the arms, and lumbar nerve impingement to radiating leg pain. There are however many other causes of back pain, involving muscle strains, ligament sprains, vertebral bones and facet joints.
Diagnosing The Cause Of Your Pain
Todd Koppel, MD has been diagnosing and treating conditions of the spine for 20 years. Determining the etiology of back pain requires a comprehensive history and physical examination, and diagnostic studies such as MRI and EMG testing. However, in many patients that is insufficient. In a large percentage of patients, only with directed interventional pain modalities can the cause be effectively determined.
Treating Back Pain
When physical therapy fails, interventional therapy is the most appropriate next step. At ReGen Pain, Todd Koppel, MD utilizes the most up to date, minimally invasive therapies. The goal is to eliminate the source of pain, restore functioning and improve ones quality of life with the least invasive treatment options. Todd Koppel, MD performs state of the art interventions to obviate the need for surgery. Selective minimally invasive treatment options exist which is tailored to the specific condition including:
Intervertebral Disk Plalelet Rich Plasma
Intervertebral Disk Stem Cell Graft
Epidural Steroid Injections
Selective Nerve Root Injections
Percutaneous and Endoscopic Diskectomy
Please fill out our consultation form or give us a call to see what treatment options will be best for you.