Back pain can be quite complex and often requires a multidisciplinary effort in order to diagnose and pinpoint a precise source for the pain. The back is composed of many anatomical parts including bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons, as well as intervertebral discs and numerous joints. It is our job to systematically approach all of these components in the history and physical in order to locate the primary problem.
Often, radiology including x-rays, MRI, and nuclear medicine bone imaging is necessary to help reach a working diagnosis. Once the problem is found, it is often just as difficult to find a solution that will allow a patient to achieve relief from their symptoms. We work closely with our colleagues in all primary care specialties as well as neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery in an effort to ease your pain as effectively and expeditiously as possible.
Dr. Ken Mandato and the radiologists of Interventional Care offer a number of treatment options for patients with back pain.
Epidural Steroid Injections: Several common conditions, including a lumbar disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, and spinal stenosis, can cause severe acute or chronic low back pain and/or leg pain. In these conditions, spinal nerves can become inflamed due to irritation or compression, which results in the pain that many patients experience.
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Kyphoplasty: Kyphoplasty is a non-surgical, minimally invasive procedure to treat the pain and discomfort associated with vertebral body compression fractures. It should be discussed with your physician when medication and other conservative treatment options fail to treat the symptoms associated with a vertebral compression fracture (VCF). The kyphoplasty procedure involves the use of a balloon to restore the vertebral body height and shape. This is followed by the injection of bone cement to strengthen the bone.
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