What Are My Treatment Options for Back Pain?

What Are My Treatment Options for Back Pain?

Back pain is one of the most common medical conditions — 60-80% of adults experience back pain at some point in their lives. 

The pain can occur anywhere along the spine, from the cervical (neck) spine at the base of your skull to the sacral spine of your tailbone, and it can interfere with your daily activities.

At Pinnacle Pain and Spine, interventional pain specialists Dr. Matthew Crooks and Dr. Stuart Rammell see a lot of patients with back pain at their offices in Scottsdale, Chandler, and Fountain Hills, Arizona. 

Because many different conditions can cause back pain, we offer many treatment options. Here’s what you need to know.

Common causes of back pain

Some of the most common causes of back pain include:

Spinal osteoarthritis

Spinal osteoarthritis is a wear-and-tear condition of the joints. Over time, the cartilage covering the facet joints of the spinal vertebrae starts to break down from constant bending, twisting, and flexing. Bones rub against each other, causing pain and inflammation along the spine.

Bone spurs (osteophytes)

These bony growths narrow the spinal canal and the openings where spinal nerves exit the column. This compresses the nerve roots, causing pain.

Degenerative disc disease

Like spinal osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease is a wear-and-tear condition, but it affects the discs that cushion the vertebrae. Over time, they become dehydrated and flatten out, narrowing the spinal canal and the openings where nerves exit. 

The flattened discs can impinge on nerves, while the disc degeneration puts more stress on the facet joints, accelerating their deterioration.

Bulging and herniated discs

When the intervertebral discs succumb to osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease, they change shape and shift from their normal position. In other words, they bulge. 

With enough force, their hard outer shells (annulus) can rupture, spilling out the soft inner contents (nucleus). This is called a herniated disc. The nucleus material compresses spinal nerve roots, leading to pain, numbness, and mobility issues.

Spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal column, which can compress the nerves in the narrowed area. Though often due to osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease, it can also be the result of calcification of the ligaments supporting the spine, bone spurs, and enlarged bones and joints.

What are my treatment options for back pain?

Our goal at Pinnacle Pain and Spine is to fully understand the root cause of your back pain, then develop a comprehensive treatment plan, using state-of-the-art interventions and procedures to help you regain your quality of life.

Treatment options depend on the location of the pain, its severity, and which spinal structures are involved (e.g., vertebrae, discs, ligaments and tendons). We always start with conservative options, reserving surgery for severe cases or those that don’t respond to other treatments.

Nonsurgical options include:

Surgical options include:

We discuss all relevant options with you following diagnosis of the underlying cause of your back pain.

If you’re struggling with any form of back pain, it’s time to come into Pinnacle Pain and Spine for an evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. Give us a call at 480-407-6400 for any of our locations, or request an appointment online

We’re located in Scottsdale, Chandler, and Fountain Hills, Arizona. The sooner you see us, the sooner you’ll be free from your pain.

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