Interventional Radiology Clinic located in Houston, TX
Joint damage from disease or injury can result in significant pain and loss of function. And if, like millions of other people across the United States, you suffer from back or joint pain, you might be unable to live your life to the fullest. If you have back pain or joint pain, visit interventional radiologist Andrew Doe, MD, or Sandra Newberry, MD. At Alate Health in Houston, Texas, they provide cutting-edge treatments, including advanced solutions such as epidural injections, selective nerve root blocks, vertebroplasty, and kyphoplasty for back pain, and steroid injections into the joint and AmnioFix®, an innovative type of regenerative medicine for joint pain. Look forward to a fuller, more active life by calling Alate Health today or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.
Back Pain and Joint 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 lower 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.
FREEDOM FROM RESTRICTION
Damage to joints from injury or disease can cause significant pain and interfere with movement. There are many different conditions that can cause painful joints. Once Dr. Doe at Alate Pain Center discover the cause, we can develop a treatment plan that will give you relief from your pain and enable you to live a fuller, healthier life.
What causes joint pain?
Numerous conditions can cause joint pain. Some of those Alate Health sees most often include:
Degenerative joint disease
More widely known as osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease is a condition that develops because of the aging process. As you get older, the cartilage that protects the ends of the bones in your joints gradually wears away, causing inflammation.
As the disease worsens, exposed bones start rubbing and grinding together, causing chronic, often severe pain and limiting the movement in your joints.
Tendinitis is due to inflammation of the connective tissues that link your muscles to your bones. The most common way to get tendinitis is through overuse and repetitive movement. Different types of tendinitis include Achilles tendinitis in your heel and patellar tendinitis in your knee.
Bursae help to cushion the bones and connective tissues in your knees, hips, shoulders, and elbows. These fluid-filled sacs can become irritated and inflamed if you overuse your joints, causing bursitis.
Alate Health also offers treatment for plantar fasciitis, which affects your feet, but with an irritated nerve, you may have ankle joint pain.
What can I do about my joint pain?
Finding the cause of your joint pain is the first step in helping reduce your discomfort. Alate Health uses advanced diagnostic technologies to confirm why you have joint pain and see how extensive any damage is.
A combination of noninvasive treatments, including physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, braces, orthotics, and making changes to your lifestyle like losing weight, can all help relieve joint pain.
If your joint pain persists even after several months of conservative therapies, Alate Health provides advanced treatments that could give you relief.
What advanced treatments are there for joint pain?
Alate Health uses two cutting-edge treatments for joint pain:
Steroids are powerful medications that help to reduce inflammation in your body. Getting inflammation under control is vital for recovery, enabling you to rehabilitate the joint.
You can take oral steroids for joint pain that might offer a temporary reduction in inflammation, but they often aren’t strong enough to have a long-lasting effect. Alate Health joint pain specialists use advanced image guidance techniques to inject steroids directly into the joint, targeting the inflammation at its source.
AmnioFix is a form of regenerative medicine that has FDA approval for use in joint regeneration. It comes from donated placental material and contains over 400 growth factors, which are cells that promote tissue repair in joints.
AmnioFix attracts stem cells from your body to the injury site as well, which further aids healthy joint regeneration. Your provider injects the AmnioFix material directly into your joint or tendon. You should feel the results between 3-6 months after having your injection.
If you’re troubled by chronic joint pain, contact Alate Health to discover the treatments that can help you most. Call Alate Health or schedule an in-person or virtual appointment online today.
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