Your lower back supports the full weight of your upper body, and also enables mobility that allows you to bend, twist, and walk. The system of nerves and muscles in the lower back allow you to move through the course of an average day, and to transmit sensory data from your lower extremities to your brain.
A great deal of acute lower back pain stems from inflammation that results from an injury. Chronic lower back pain can arise from the degenerative disc disease or other conditions that worsen over time.
Lower back pain can be difficult to diagnose because the structures of your lower back are interconnected. Pain in one area may be caused by an injury or issue in another portion of your lower back.
To implement successful treatment for lower back pain, Dr. Kline must first accurately diagnose the source of your pain. Medial branch blocks and facet joint injections are tools that can pinpoint the specific nerves responsible for lower back pain.
Medial branch blocks work by delivering an anesthetic such as lidocaine to your medial branch nerves. If the injection provides immediate pain relief, Dr. Kline determines that those nerves are transmitting pain signals to your brain.
Facet joint injections work in much the same way. An anesthetic and steroid solution is injected directly into targeted facet joints. If pain relief follows, then those joints are the source of pain.
While both of these injections provide immediate pain relief, they are most commonly used in diagnostic applications or for short-term pain relief while you pursue other treatment options, such as radiofrequency ablation.
Kyphoplasty is a surgical procedure used to treat a spinal fracture. It is a type of vertebral augmentation and is most commonly used to address fractures resulting from osteoporosis.
During the procedure, Dr. Kline makes a small incision to accommodate a narrow tube that he positions next to your vertebrae. X-ray imaging and fluoroscopy are used to help him insert a medical balloon directly into your vertebrae.
The balloon is carefully inflated, elevating the fracture and returning the broken pieces to their proper positioning. It also compacts the inner bone of the vertebrae, creating an internal cavity.
Once he correctly shapes the space, he removes the balloon and fills the cavity with a cement-like material. As that material hardens, it stabilizes the bone.
To learn more about the full scope of lower back pain treatment options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kline today.
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