A rigorous round of golf leads to back pain. A muscle is strained. Sure, there are nerves in the area, but there’s nothing wrong with them. It’s just the muscle needs time to relax. Or maybe there is nerve damage. Or injury to a facet joint in the spine.
Imagine … three failed back surgeries and two decades on opiates. Some, who have never experienced chronic, incapacitating pain, might be inclined to say, “Just suck it up.” But this man’s pain was so severe, so debilitating that not only did he have to give up coaching his then-adolescent daughter’s sports activities, but he couldn’t even enjoy a movie out with the family. Ever.
Radiofrequency neuroablation for facet joint pain is like turning up the volume on pain relief.
That’s the downside of a conservative approach: There’s an element of individual trial and error in treatments – and a need for patient patience during the process.
Sciatica refers to the symptoms experienced when the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve in the body, is irritated. It can literally be a real pain in the butt.
That’s because the sciatic nerve branches from the lower back, through the hips and buttocks and down each leg. So the pain experienced by some three million Americans isn’t so much concentrated in the lower back, but radiates lower and usually only affects one side of the body. For some, the pain is debilitating; for others, it’s more of an annoyance with the potential to get worse. But for most, it’s easily treatable.
For those suffering with back pain, the summertime can be difficult to handle – for multiple reasons. One aspect is straightforward: the increase in temperature and humidity. The other element is activities that tend to occur during summer that can be particularly taxing on the body.
Chronic low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the American Chiropractic Association, with some experts estimating that as much as 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives.
After careful consideration, you and your doctor have decided that the next best step in your pain management plan is a nerve block injection. What exactly is it, and what can you expect before, during, and after the procedure? The following guide will help calm your nerves.