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Treatment Options for Your Lower Back Pain

Treatment Options for Your Lower Back Pain

You’re out of commission thanks to lower back pain, and even the smallest of movements are a source of discomfort, if not agony. If you want to leave back pain behind and get back out into the world, the good news is that you have plenty of treatment options, and most don’t require invasive surgery.

Better still, Dr. Ira Siegel and the pain management team here at Pain Center of NJ offer these nonsurgical options at each of our six New Jersey locations.

In the following, we take a look at some of the more common causes of lower back pain and how we can provide you with much-needed relief.

Common causes of lower back pain

Of all the sections of your spine, your lower back is, arguably, the hardest working as it plays no small role in supporting your body and providing you with mobility and range of motion. 

As a result, lower back isn’t uncommon and can be driven by:

Two of the conditions on this list are acute — muscle strain and herniated disc — but the others are largely degenerative and related to age, wear-and-tear, and injury. 

Finding relief from your lower back pain

The first step on your road to relief is to come in so that we can identify the source of your ongoing lower back pain. Once we determine the underlying cause, our first order of business is to provide you with relief from the pain so that you can take the steps necessary for resolving the issue.

Among our many lower back pain management options, these are among the most effective:

Lumbar epidurals

Most lower back pain is caused when nerves are compressed or irritated. With a lumbar epidural, we inject a combination of a steroid and a local anesthetic into the area between your spinal cord and your vertebral canal (the epidural space) to quiet the nerves responsible for the pain signaling.

The anesthetic goes to work quickly to relieve your pain while the steroid tackles the inflammation that’s irritating your nerve roots.

Results from a lumbar epidural injection can last anywhere from a week or two on up to a year. It’s important that you use whatever period of relief that you have to engage in longer-term therapies that combat lower back pain, namely physical therapy.

Lumbar transforaminal injections

If the problem in your back leads to pain that radiates down one side of your buttocks and into your leg, which is a classic sign of sciatica, we can administer a lumbar transforaminal injection to remedy the symptoms.

This injection is exactly like the lumbar epidural we describe above except we deliver it into the area where the nerve exits your spine to relieve the symptoms that radiate down into your leg.

Lumbar facet joint injections

If you have arthritis, a lumbar facet joint injection may be the most effective treatment for managing the pain. With this approach, we deliver an anesthetic and steroid combination into the facet joints in your lower back that have succumbed to arthritis.

Here again, this injection can provide you with weeks or months of pain relief, and you should use this time wisely to strengthen the support systems in your back to relieve the pressure on your facet joints.

Sacroiliac injection

If your pain stems from a problem in the joints that connect your pelvis to your spine (your sacroiliac joints), we target these joints with a corticosteroid injection. A sacroiliac injection, like the other injections, addresses both the pain and the inflammation for optimal relief.

As you can see, we provide a wide range of lower back pain options that can restore your ability to move freely. To figure out which option is best for your lower back pain, please contact one of our locations in West Orange, Bayonne, Union City, Ridgefield, Edison, or Union, to set up an appointment.

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