Back pain affects most Americans at least once in their life, but it often resolves on its own within a few days or weeks. When back pain is persistent, however, it can interfere with your physical activity and mood. Dr. Jeff M. Arthur offers interventional pain management techniques, including injections and minor procedures, to help you manage your pain. If you suffer from back pain and live in the area of Kingwood, Texas, call or book an appointment online to get your back pain under control.

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When should I see a doctor for back pain?

Most incidences of back pain improve with home therapies, such as rest and over-the-counter medications, within a few weeks. A consultation and treatment from Dr. Arthur may be warranted if:

  • Your pain is severe and doesn’t improve with rest
  • You experience weakness, tingling, or burning in any extremity
  • Your pain is accompanied by unexplained loss of bowel or bladder control
  • Your pain extends into hands or feet
  • Inability to stand or walk for a reasonable period of time

What causes back pain?

Back pain can result from trauma, a structural issue, or overuse. Common causes of back pain include:

  • Muscle or connective tissue strains that occur due to a sudden movement
  • Arthritis in the joints of the spine, which can cause the space around the spinal cord to narrow in spinal stenosis
  • Bulging, herniated, or ruptured discs, which can occur when the disc material pushes out and puts pressure on the nerves or spinal cord
  • Skeletal irregularities such as compression fractures and scoliosis.
  • Increasing age, sedentary lifestyle, obesity, and smoking all increase risk of back pain.

How do interventional pain management strategies relieve back pain?

Dr. Arthur uses injections and minor procedures to help you control your pain. He can diagnose and treat the root cause of your back pain and improve your overall quality of life as a result. Dr. Arthur is committed to helping you find an alternative to opiod pain management, which comes with side effects and potential dependency.

What types of injections are used to relieve back pain?

Dr. Arthur may try specific injections to help reduce your pain, such as:

  • Epidural steroid injections: targeted to the space around the spinal cord and nerve root to reduce pain in a compressed nerve root
  • Facet joint injections: reduce inflammation in joints that help you move and provide stability
  • Sacroiliac joint injections: target the area where your pelvis and spine meet
  • Branch Nerve Ablations: used for chronic facet and sacroiliac joint conditions
  • Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty for vertebral compression fractures

If you suffer from back pain that interferes with your quality of life, seek treatment from Dr. Arthur — call or book a consultation online today.