Back Pain Ruins Lives – It Can Be Brought Under Control.
Back pain, as anyone who has experienced it will confirm, can range from occasional discomfort through to agonizing pain and even loss of mobility. Pain may be constant or intermittent, and either can interfere with the normal activities associated with daily life.
To help pinpoint the most appropriate treatments for patients, our interventional radiologists divide back pain into two categories: acute and chronic. This is linked to the length of time you have experienced symptoms, not to how much pain or discomfort they may cause. You are categorized as having acute back pain if your symptoms have been present for three months or less. If you have been suffering for over three months, you have chronic back pain.
Common Causes of Back Pain:
- Broken bones in the spine caused by trauma or osteoporosis
- Bulging or herniated discs
- Nerve irritation caused by arthritis or a degenerative condition
- Previous injuries
- Arthritis or degenerative conditions
- Bulging discs
- Spinal or canal narrowing (Stenosis)
- Old fractures
- Bone spurs
What Is Kyphoplasty? Is It Right For Me?
If you’re suffering from a spine fracture, we understand that the pain can be extensive and may cause lifestyle changes to try to manage it. Fortunately, a procedure called Kyphoplasty can help. Unlike bed rest, braces or medication, the procedure returns most to normal activities within a couple of days. Best of all, it’s a minimally invasive, non-surgical technique that does not require general anesthesia.
The specialists who perform Kyphoplasty are trained to use high-resolution x-ray equipment. They’re able to guide the procedure with precision, using two needles to place balloons into the compression fracture to help restore bone height. Then, a specially formulated bone cement is installed into the bones in their proper size before the needles are removed.
The procedure takes less than an hour. Patients are typically discharged in less than four hours. And the pain? As one doctor put it, “It’s no exaggeration to say that many Kyphoplasty patients who arrive for treatment in a wheelchair walk right out. More than 90% of the time, the pain is gone.”
Being a Leading U.S. Kyphoplasty Center Is Just One Aspect of Our Back Pain Expertise.
Radiology of Indiana is one of America’s leaders in successful Kyphoplasty performance, with more than 1000 procedures already carried out and some 90% of our patients experiencing complete, or nearly complete pain relief. We’re very proud of our record in this specialist area and of the relief it has brought to so many patients.
But our treatments also cover a wider range of options for different types of back pain.
Using x-ray and MRI technology, we will help you find the solution to your back pain. No more management, or just treating the symptoms. We’ll figure out a plan together, and execute it. We start with conservative treatments, and if necessary, can help you prepare for steroid injections or surgery. We always seek out the least invasive treatments first.
Physical examination will be supported by X-rays or MRI scanning where appropriate. Then, if the information gathered indicates it, we will offer injection based therapies designed to reduce inflammation and swelling and to help affected nerves to recover. Typically, the pain then reduces very appreciably or subsides completely.
We’re experts in the treatment of both acute and chronic pain. We diagnose and treat the problem, not just manage pain through medications. All of our doctors are board-certified with subspecialty training to employ minimally invasive techniques that solve the problem.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different types of back pain?
Back pain can be divided into two types: Central (axial) pain and Peripheral (radicular/radiating) extremity pain. Many patients have both types.
What causes back pain? And how can I prevent it?
Back pain can have several causes. However the most common cause of back pain is age. Other lifestyle choices can also result in back pain: poor posture, ill-advised or awkward lifting, being overweight, or an accident.
To prevent back pain maintain good posture, exercise to keep your core flexible and strong, follow a healthy diet, and pay attention to your weight.
What is Kyphoplasty?
The kyphoplasty procedure is a minimally invasive, non-surgical, outpatient treatment performed through one or two needle holes for each spine fracture. The needles are inserted using the latest in high resolution imaging technology. Balloons are inserted through the needle(s) to re-expand the bone; the resultant cavity is filled with a bone cement to internally cast the broken bone. Kyphoplasty procedures typically result in greater than 90 percent of patients experiencing near-complete or complete pain relief.