Don’t Let Back Pain Restrict You
If you suffer from back pain like millions of other Americans, you might not be able to live life the way you truly want. Back pain can be very severe, impairing your quality of life in many ways by restricting how much you can work, stand, sit, or ride comfortably.
At Alate Pain Center in Houston, our goal is to eliminate your back pain so that you have the ability to live the life you deserve. We treat inflammation right at the site of the pain, eliminating your discomfort. Our minimally-invasive, in-office procedures afford you maximum comfort and allow you to get back on your feet sooner.
Conditions We Treat
Patients seek relief from pain at Alate Pain Center for a variety of reasons.
Most back pain is related to injury or normal wear and tear associated with aging. This can resulting in inflammation and sometimes compression of nerves.
The following are the most common conditions for which we offer treatment:
Injury or normal aging can cause the discs in your spine to herniate out into the spinal canal, causing pain and pinched nerves.
Pain that radiates down the back of your leg, usually related to a pinched or inflamed nerve.
Compression of the nerves from herniated discs or other degenerative changes in your spine.
Narrowing of your spinal canal that can cause pinching of the nerves in your back. This can be related to genetics or degenerative changes.
Collapse of the bones in your spine (vertebral body) that is most commonly related to osteoporosis (low bone density). Vertebral fractures can cause long-term pain, permanent loss of height, and disability if not treated.
The treatments at Alate Pain Center are targeted at reducing the inflammation at the site of the pain.
This is performed by injecting anti-inflammatory medicines right to the location that is causing the pain. Using imaging guidance and technical expertise, we are effective at delivering relief to our patients.
Epidural Steroid Injections
Using image guidance, we are able to inject steroids into the epidural space, the area between the protective covering of the spinal nerves and bones of the spine, to calm the inflammation around the nerves causing your pain. The injections can treat acute and chronic pain in the neck, arms, back, and legs, and pain relief can last several days or even years.
Selective Nerve Root Block
A selective nerve root block is similar to an epidural injection in that steroids are injected to reduce inflammation. However, the injection is targeted to where the nerve exits the spine. Selective nerve root blocks can be more effective if your pain is more on one side.
Vertebroplasty / Kyphoplasty
Vertebral compression fractures can cause pain and permanent loss of height if not treated. In vertebroplasty, cement is injected into the fractured bone which leads to significant pain relief. However, vertebroplasty does not address the loss of height that can be associated with some compression fractures. Kyphoplasty adds a step by creating a cavity within the fractured bone, typically with the use a balloon. Once the cavity is created, cement is injected into the cavity which helps maintain the height of the vertebral body.