If you have chronic back pain, you have probably tried many different treatments. Lots of strategies can be effective for different people and different conditions, and you may find something that works well for one aspect of your pain. However, some treatments ultimately prove temporary, and you start to understand the gravity of what it’s like to have chronic pain. It can start to negatively affect your day to day life, from your activity levels to leading a social lifestyle. That’s why it’s important to see a pain specialist, who has the training and perspective to effectively diagnose and treat your pain and all areas of your health that it affects.
From the start, your pain management physician will give you a complete examination and listen to your symptoms and health history. The doctor understands that this is the middle of your story with back pain, and a lot has already taken place. The good news is that you are not alone in your journey from this point forward. Chronic back pain can be isolating and alienating. Most people don’t understand how much effort everything takes when you have to deal with pain before facing anything else in life.
You may never have received a correct diagnosis for the cause of your back pain. Western medicine is very reactive in general, with a “try this, take that” approach. Other healthcare providers may have prescribed medication or other treatments to deal with your symptoms, without getting to the bottom of the cause of your condition.
Pain management physicians have access and understanding of subtle diagnostic procedures that may be appropriate for your condition. Once you have a diagnosis, the doctor will take the time to explain all of your treatment options and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Your pain specialist may recommend a combination of treatments, including massage, acupuncture, physical therapy, or electrical stimulation.
Medication may be used by itself, or in conjunction with other treatments. If you are prescribed narcotics, your doctor will manage your medication by seeing you often and measuring the effectiveness and therapeutic benefits, and watching for any possible signs of tolerance or dependency.
Additional options that are not surgical include steroid epidural injections and nerve blocks. Spinal cord stimulation or radio frequency ablation stop the pain message from traveling through the nerves. You may also be a good candidate for surgical intervention, and your doctor will explain any procedure that is recommended.
Balcones Pain Consultants in the Austin, Texas area offers caring and experienced pain management for chronic back pain. Our pain specialists include board-certified surgeons who see every patient on their first visit. Call (512) 834-4141 or request an appointment online at our convenient locations today. We see patients in Austin, Cedar Park, and Marble Falls, Texas.