Back Pain

Northwest Indiana Back Pain Specialists

Back pain is a very common ailment. Many people experience occasional aches and pains which tend to pass after a day or two. However, when the pain persists for days or weeks or becomes so intense that it begins to interfere with your day-to-day activities, special attention is required. If you have been experiencing long-lasting or prohibitive back pain, it’s time to seek out the help of a medical specialist. Pain Control Associates, LLC offers a wide range of treatment possibilities to help you recover as quickly as possible.

Causes for Back Pain

One reason that back pain is so common is that there are a large number of different factors that can cause back pain. Lifting a heavy object with your back muscles instead of your knees, leaning over your computer for long periods, or hurting yourself at work can all contribute to chronic or intense back pain.

Back pain is generally classified by the area affected. For example, pain in the muscles and bones of the spine is known as musculoskeletal pain. This can be caused by traumatic sports injuries, or by chronic conditions like fibromyalgia. Skeletal pain is inflammation around the spine caused by an infection, spinal fractures, or tumors. There are many other causes for back pain; we’ve seen them all at Pain Control Associates, LLC and we can offer you options for treatment.

Common Types of Back Pain

Like their causes, there are plenty of different types of back pain. Some of the most common are:

  • Osteoarthritis – Also known as degenerative joint disease. As with most arthritis, osteoarthritis gradually worsens over time. It can manifest as backaches or numbness and results from degeneration in the nerves around the spine.
  • Herniated or slipped disc – Flexible cartilage discs cushion the vertebrae of the human spine. These occasionally slip out of place (hence ‘slipped’ disc), resulting in terrible back pain for your vulnerable spine and nerves.
  • Inflammation – When you twist your lower back or attempt to lift something with the wrong muscles, the result is often inflammation. Inflammation — a painful swelling in the muscles and ligaments — affects many patients each year.
  • Athletic Injuries – When you are playing a high-contact sport, you are naturally more prone to injuries. For many athletics, much of your power comes from the muscles in your back. When you get hit, your back is usually responsible for absorbing the impact. Injuries throughout the back are a common result of this increased stress.

Though these are some of the most common types of back pain, there are many others. At Pain Control Associates, LLC we realize that everyone’s body is different; this often requires an individualized plan specific to the patients’ conditions and comfort.

Treatment Options for Back Pain

Before we start any procedures or treatments, we run a full diagnosis exam of all our patients. The exam helps us develop a thorough understanding of the symptoms and conditions we will need to treat. Then, depending on our patient’s preference and the most effective and efficient methods, we will begin our treatments. These often include a mix of physical therapy, medications (including spinal interventions) and holistic practices.

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If you have been experiencing pain in your back, it can be a number of different conditions, some of which require extensive medical attention. At Pain Control Associates, LLC we are prepared to diagnose your pain, prescribe comfortable and effective treatment options and follow through until you have recovered. Contact us today to learn more, or to schedule an initial diagnostic exam. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Neck Pain

  • Herniated disc
  • Spondylosis (Axial Neck Pain)
  • Failed Surgical Neck Syndrome
  • Biomechanical (Postural) Pain
  • Whiplash

Musculoskeletal Injuries

  • Radiculopathy (Sciatica)
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD)
  • Herpes Zoster Radiculopathy (Shingles)
  • Fibromyalgia

Low Back Pain

  • Spondylosis (Axial Back Pain)
  • Compression Fracture
  • Scoliosis
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Internal Disc Disruption (Annular Tear)
  • Spondylosis (Axial Back Pain)
  • Facet-Mediated Pain
  • Compression Fractures
  • Scoliosis
  • Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Spondylolysis/Spondylolisthesis
  • Failed Surgical Back Syndrome
  • Biomechanical (Postural) Pain

Headaches

  • Cervicogenic Headache
  • Occipital Headache

Work Injuries

  • Prompt diagnosis and treatment
  • Close coordination with case workers
  • Facilitate early return to work

Spinal Interventions

  • IDET
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Racz Catheter Lysis of Adhesions
  • Radiofrequency Facets
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injections
  • Occipital Nerve Blocks
  • Stellate Ganglion Blocks
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Blocks
  • Discography (Lumbar & Cervical)
  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Trigger Point Injections

Psychological Treatment

  • Behavioral Strategies to Help Manage Pain
  • Coping Skills
  • Strategies to Improve Sleep
  • Biofeedback & Relaxation Training
  • Management of Depression

Surgical Treatment

  • Neuromodulation (Spinal Cord Stimulation)

Medication Management

  • Anti-Inflammatory Medications
  • Neuropathic Medications
  • Opioid Medications

EMG/NCV

  • Electrodiagnosis of nerve-related injuries and disorders

Physical Therapy

  • Skilled Manual Therapy
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Acupuncture