The human spine has three main segments: cervical, thoracic and lumbar. The cervical spine is the neck, while the thoracic and lumbar spine make up the upper and lower parts of the back, respectively. In the United States, back pain is the fourth most common presenting condition in a primary care office and the most common cause of work-related disability. Up to 80% of adults will experience low back pain during their lifetime.
The back is the body’s main structural support. It needs to be strong and stable, but also remain flexible enough for movement. In addition, the spine contains and protects the spinal cord and the spinal nerves, which transmit sensation and movement throughout your body. In order to perform all these functions, the back is made up of a complex system of bones (vertebrae), joints (facet and sacroiliac joints), discs, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Any one of these structures can be a source of pain. Some conditions have a slow onset due to a lifetime of wear-and-tear while others occur suddenly, such as sports injuries or accidents.
At Lakeshore Pain and Spine Center, the first step in precise diagnosis and treatment is listening to our patients – your description of the pain helps guide our physical examination and determine whether imaging studies (for example, X-rays or MRIs) are necessary. Depending on the cause, numerous treatment options are available including medications, physical therapy and targeted injections. Examples of targeted treatments include trigger-point injection for myofascial (muscle) pain; epidural injection for degenerative disc disease and sciatica; radiofrequency ablation for facet joint arthritis; sacroiliac joint injection for sacroiliac joint pain; and peripheral nerve block for nerve entrapment syndromes.
Comprehensive Pain Management
We work with patients to develop individually tailored treatment plans.
Contact Lakeshore Pain & Spine Center today to schedule a consultation, so we can help you live a better life.