Back injuries, whether in the mid-back (thoracic) or lower back (lumbar), can have a serious impact on your daily life. While a sore back is completely natural after strenuous activities, if you have persistent or severe pain you should see a specialist.
TREATMENTS AVAILABLE FROM SMOC
SMOC physicians have extensive experience in back injuries and can both diagnose and treat your injury.
If your back needs to strengthen or increase mobility, exercise schedules may be the best solution. SMOC can design exercise schedules made specifically for you and your injury. These are a great first step to getting back to where you were pre-injury.
Sacroiliac Joint and Facet Joint Injections
Sacroiliac Joint and Facet Joint Injections are primarily used to relieve lower back pain. They can be done up to three times a year and combined with other treatments such as physical therapy. It can also be used as a tool to diagnose further problems.
SMOC’s physical therapists will use massage, regulated exercise, heat, etc. to get your back pain under control. The length and intensity of physical therapy needed is dependent on your specific injury. SMOC physical therapists will guide you through the healing process and get you back to what you love.
Inter-Body Fusion is the adding of bone to a specific area of the spine to induce bone growth fusing two vertebrae. This stops the motion at that segment of the back. This is an alternative to other types of surgeries that require more than one incision.
Using a small needle inserted in strategic points of your body, acupuncture can be a great way to treat your back pain. These acupuncture points stimulate the nerves, muscles, and connective tissue, and can be a natural alternative to the more aggressive treatments.
Total Disc Replacement Surgery
This is a surgical method that restores the motion a healthy person would have in the back while maintaining the intervertebral disc height. While this is only done for severe cases, it is sometimes necessary to get you back to the life you had before the injury.
Fluoroscopic Guided Epidural Steroid Injections
Many spinal injuries and conditions can cause pressure or inflammation on nerve roots in the spine, resulting in pain, numbness, and tingling along those nerves. An epidural steroid injection can reduce this inflammation, and get you back to the sport you love.
If you have a back injury, it is important to consult a physician before further damage occurs. Please contact SMOC to schedule an appointment.
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