Back Pain Specialist

Pain Care, LLC

Interventional Spine & Pain Management located in Stockbridge, Newnan, Mcdonough, Johns Creek, & Griffin, GA

If your back pain prevents you from regular daily tasks, it’s quickly changing from a nuisance to a disability. At Pain Care, LLC, with offices in Stockbridge, Griffin, Newnan, McDonough, and Johns Creek, Georgia, the group of interventional spine and pain management specialists can prevent back pain progression and restore your function. To learn about the wide range of noninvasive and minimally invasive back pain treatments available, call the nearest Metro Atlanta area office or schedule an appointment online now.

Back Pain Q & A

When is back pain chronic?

Acute back pain lasts for a few days to a few weeks. Chronic back pain lasts 12 weeks or longer, persisting after treatment for the injury or condition. 

Some people live with chronic back pain for months or years, but Pain Care, LLC, offers solutions so you don't have to. 

What causes chronic back pain?

Chronic back pain has multiple causes, and sometimes more than one factor contributes to your pain. Among the most common reasons for back pain are:

  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Facet joint syndrome
  • Herniated disc
  • Fractures, including osteoporotic fractures
  • Nerve compression
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction
  • Sciatica
  • Failed back surgery

Most cases of chronic back pain occur because of an underlying disease, but about 20% of acute back pain cases, which are usually injury or trauma-related, later become chronic. 

What is the diagnostic process for chronic back pain?

An accurate diagnosis is essential in determining a treatment approach, so the Pain Care, LLC, team uses the most comprehensive diagnostic approach to find the cause of your pain. 

In addition to a medical history and physical exam, you most likely need diagnostic imaging tests such as X-rays, ultrasound, MRI, or CT scan. 

If the team suspects nerve damage, you may need a nerve conduction study to identify the scope of the damage. In certain cases, you may need a diagnostic procedure like discography, a minimally invasive procedure that identifies diseased intervertebral discs.

How is chronic back pain treated?

Pain Care, LLC, provides comprehensive pain management with the goal of improving your quality of life. Your treatment may include medication, but the team aims for long-term relief. 

The exact treatment approach depends on your particular back pain cause, but some of the many effective options available include:

Injections

Steroid and anesthetic injections such as lumbar epidurals, facet joint injections, medial branch block, sacroiliac (SI) joint injections, and lumbar sympathetic blocks treat many types of back pain. The injections reduce inflammation and pain for as long as a few months.

Radiofrequency neurotomy

Radiofrequency neurotomy heats and disables a painful nerve using a tiny electrode. The procedure treats nerve pain in the facet joints of the spine. 

Neuromodulation

Spinal cord stimulators, dorsal root ganglion (DRG) stimulators, and peripheral nerve stimulators alter pain signals. Once surgically implanted in your spine, they disguise the pain signals to reduce your pain. Pain Care, LLC, offers the leading neuromodulation technology from Nevro®, Medtronic, Stimwave Technologies, and Boston Scientific.

Minimally invasive surgery

Some common minimally invasive surgical procedures for back pain include kyphoplasty, which treats vertebral compression fractures; Vertiflex™, which treats spinal stenosis; sacroiliac joint fusion, which treats SI joint dysfunction; dekompressor discectomy for herniated discs; or neuroplasty to remove scar tissue. Minimally invasive surgery can address specific issues within your spine through tiny incisions. 

Pain Care, LLC, also offers a number of other cutting-edge back pain treatments, including regenerative medicine services through the Stem Cell Institute of Georgia.

Learn how innovative pain relief procedures can help you by calling Pain Care, LLC, or scheduling online now.