Low Back Injuries

Blue Ridge Pain & Spine Associates

Pain Management Specialists located in Salem, VA & Christiansburg, VA

When you can’t find relief from persistent low back pain with home care and over-the-counter medications, the experienced physicians at Blue Ridge Pain & Spine Associates can help. At their office locations in Salem, Roanoke, and Christiansburg, Virginia, the medical team provides a variety of effective solutions for low back pain, including epidural injections and spinal cord stimulation, to alleviate pain and enhance your overall mobility. Learn more about treating low back injuries and related pain by calling the office nearest you or booking an appointment online now.

Low Back Injuries Q & A

What are common types of low back injuries?

A variety of issues can affect your low back’s health and stability. Injuries and disease commonly affect the low back, resulting in limited mobility and chronic pain.

Common conditions that affect your low back include:

  • Strains
  • Fractures
  • Inflammation
  • Soft tissue tears
  • Nerve compression
  • Disc degeneration

You may also be at increased risk for low back pain due to poor posture or being overweight.

How is low back pain diagnosed?

The professionals at Blue Ridge Pain & Spine Associates review your medical history and current health to determine what may be causing chronic back pain. They also perform a physical exam, checking for abnormalities in your spine or the soft tissues of your back.

In some cases, the expert physicians can pinpoint the cause of your low back pain based on your symptoms. However, they may request imaging tests, such as an MRI or X-ray, to get a better look at the internal structures of your lower back.

What treatments are available for low back injuries?

Your treatment plan depends on the cause of your back pain. For spine-related issues, such as nerve compression, you may benefit from nerve blocks or epidural injections, which contain a local anesthetic and anti-inflammatory medications to alleviate pain for several weeks.

For fractures or degenerative discs that cause vertebrae to collapse, your Blue Ridge Pain & Spine Associates physician may recommend kyphoplasty. This procedure involves the insertion of a balloon into the fractured vertebrae, which your doctor expands to reposition the vertebra. They use medical-safe cement to stabilize the bone and provide long-term pain relief.

If your chronic pain occurs because of a herniated disc or a failed back surgery, you may benefit from spinal cord stimulation. This innovative treatment uses electrical neurostimulation to disrupt pain signals from your low back to your brain. Your Blue Ridge Pain & Spine Associates surgeon implants the stimulator into your body, and you control the device with an external remote to address different levels of pain.

Learn more about your treatment options to end pain from low back injuries. Call Blue Ridge Pain & Spine Associates today or book an appointment using the convenient online booking feature.