Back Pain

Back Pain Specialist
Everyone experiences back pain at some point in their lives. When it starts to interfere with day-to-day activities professional help should be sought out. Dr. Rajive Adlaka of Pain Control Associates, LLC serving patients in Schererville, Indiana offers conservative and minimally invasive treatment options for patients suffering from back pain.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

There are many different factors that contribute to the development of back pain. Most often, back pain flares up due to improper body mechanics like bending at the waist instead of the knees when lifting something heavy. Incorrect posture is another common reason for back pain. This involves sitting for prolonged periods of time hunched over, or slouching as you stand. Work related injury can be another reason for back pain. Once the muscles, ligaments, or tendons in your back are strained or damaged, they become more likely to receive damage again later. Some back pain can be the first sign of disease or injury to the structural components of the back. However, it is not uncommon that other parts of the body may be responsible for the back pain. When this happens, it is called referred pain. Pain Center Associates, LLC. can differentiate what the underlying cause of the back pain is based on the anatomic component involved. Such as:

Musculoskeletal - pain originating from within the muscles and the skeletals around the spine. Some examples of this type of pain can include athletic injuries and syndromes like fibromyalgia or myofascial pain.

Skeletal pain – the result of noninfectious inflammation of the spine (spondylitis) or infections of the spine (osteomyelitis). Skeletal pain can also be the result of fractures within the spine like vertebral compression fractures or tumors of the skeletal system.

What are some common types of back pain?

  • Inflammation resulting from the muscles and ligaments being stretched beyond normal capacity. Inflammation is usually found in the lower back due to twisting or heavy lifting.
  • Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, is a painful and disabling condition. The symptoms associated with osteoarthritis can be a minor backache or numbness in the legs while walking. The pain progresses gradually.
  • Sciatic nerve pain, sometimes called sciatica, occurs because of the sciatic nerve being pinched by a herniated disc or osteoarthritic bone spur. Pain from osteoarthritis begins at the hips and buttocks and continues down your entire leg.
  • Herniated, or ruptured, discs can also cause back pain. The human spine has twenty-six vertebrae, with a cushion-like pad in between each one called a disc. When the disk slips or ruptures, it puts extra pressure on the spine and nerves. This can result in debilitating back pain.
  • Sports injury is another common result of back pain. These usually occur in athletes due to their higher level of activity. The lower lumbar area is most affected due to the aggressive physical activity athlete’s bodies endure from the stress of twisting, turning, and absorbing pressure or impact.

What is the treatment for back pain?

Pain Control Associates, LLC. treats each patient as an individual and focuses on treating specific symptoms. This starts with a complete diagnosis to find the most effective and comfortable treatment for back and spine wellness. Some of the options used for treatment include spinal interventions such as:

  • 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
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