Interventional Radiology Clinic located in Houston, TX
If, like millions of other people across the United States, you suffer from back pain, you might be unable to live your life to the fullest. When you need a new approach to back pain, visit interventional radiologist Andrew Doe, MD, or Sandra Newberry, MD. At Alate Health in Houston, Texas, they provide cutting-edge treatments for back pain, including advanced solutions such as epidural injections, selective nerve root blocks, vertebroplasty, and kyphoplasty. Call Alate Health today to find out more or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.
Back Pain Q & A
DON’T LET 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, 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.
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 result in inflammation and sometimes compression of nerves.
What conditions cause back pain?
Patients looking for relief from back pain typically have an injury or are experiencing the results of normal age-related wear and tear. These problems cause tissue inflammation and, in many cases, nerve compression as well.
The most common conditions for which Alate Health offers treatment include:
Injuries, normal aging, and conditions like degenerative disc disease can cause the shock-absorbing discs between your vertebrae to herniate out into your spinal canal. That herniation can compress the nerves around your spinal column, causing back pain.
Sciatica causes pain that radiates from your low back into one leg. It’s usually due to a pinched or irritated nerve, often caused by a herniated disc.
Stenosis means narrowing, which in this case, affects your spinal canal. The narrowness leaves little room for the nerves coming off your spinal cord, which results in pinching and inflammation. Spinal stenosis might be genetic or a consequence of degenerative changes.
Fractures in the vertebrae are usually due to a collapse or partial compression of the bones. Osteoporosis (low bone density) is the most likely cause of vertebral compression fractures, which leads to loss of height, chronic pain, and spinal deformity.
What can I do about my back pain?
Fortunately, most people who develop back pain recover after following a conservative treatment plan.
Physical therapy, medication, hot and cold treatments, and alternative therapies like acupuncture can all help with back pain. You should also avoid activities that make the pain worse while keeping yourself mobile.
If you’ve been following a treatment plan for some months without success, Alate Health offers some advanced therapies for back pain.
What advanced back pain therapies are available?
Alate Health aims to eliminate your back pain by treating inflammation at its source. The specialists offer minimally invasive in-office procedures, including:
Epidural steroid injections
With the aid of image guidance, your provider injects anti-inflammatory steroid medication into the epidural space, which is an area around your spine.
Epidural injections help to reduce the inflammation that’s causing back pain. Relief can last from several days, in some cases, to years in others.
Selective nerve root block
Selective nerve root blocks are also injectable treatments for back pain, but they target one or two specific nerves where they exit your spine. A selective nerve root block might be more effective if your back pain is one-sided.
Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty
Vertebroplasty involves your provider injecting bone cement into a vertebra that’s suffered a compression fracture. This stabilizes the vertebra, offering significant pain relief. Kyphoplasty takes this process a step further by using a balloon to increase the height of a fractured vertebra before injecting the cement.
To find out how these cutting edge treatments can help relieve your back pain, call Alate Health today, or book an appointment online.
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