Back pain affects 80 percent of Americans—that’s four out of five people—at some point during their lives. Many people manage their pain with medication, but medication and even surgery, are not your only options for managing your back or neck pain.
Dr. Hamilton conducts a thorough examination to diagnose the causes of your neck and back pain and provide you with the appropriate treatment options. He tailors a treatment plan to help control your pain, get you moving and improve your quality of life.
Once we understand how pain affects your life and how you’ve been treated in the past, Dr. Hamilton examines your back and neck. For back pain, Dr. Hamilton also examines your hips, legs and feet. If pain is in your neck, he’ll examine your head, neck, mid-back and arms.
From the results of your examination, Dr. Hamilton orders necessary diagnostic tests to find the source of your pain. These diagnostic tests may include Medial Branch Blocks, neurological tests, scans or discograms to confirm what is, or isn’t, causing your pain.
Dr. Hamilton designs a course of treatment based on the results of his examination, and tailored to your unique situation, to help you manage your pain and get back to your life.
Treatments for neck and back pain may include:
- Steroid Epidural Injections- reduce swelling and inflammation around the spinal cord or nerve roots that can cause arm or leg pain. Patients usually have an injection, once a week for 3 weeks, to progressively reduce the swelling and inflammation.
- Kyphoplasty or Vertebroplasty- stabilizes spine fractures, seen mostly in women who suffer from osteoporosis.
- Spinal Cord Stimulators-control severe and unrelenting back pain in the spinal cord. It is used in patients who have failed one or more back surgeries, or for whom surgery is not a reasonable option.
- Facet Injections control back pain caused by small joints in the spine, which can be pain generators.
- Trigger Point Injections treat persistent, painful muscle spasms.
- Radiofrequency ablation removes the nerves that sense pain from facet joints in the spine.
- Peripheral nerve blocks treat nerves in the arms or legs that have been injured and are painful.
Your Role in Your Health
To ensure a better recovery, the treatment of spinal disorders requires your commitment. Patients who go to and follow a physical therapy program have the best chance of recovering from their condition.