Some people suffer with acute back pain that resolves after a day or two without any form of intervention. This condition is usually related to muscle strain and doesn’t require medical attention. When pain lasts any longer than this, or when it is severe and/or disabling, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible.
Our goal at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation is to help patients find relief from pain and get back to normal activity with the most conservative treatment options possible. Many patients require a course of chiropractic adjustment and physical therapy in order to resolve their painful condition. We also offer acupuncture to help with drug-free pain reduction during the rehabilitation process.
Some patients come to our office in severe and disabling pain. Many medical establishments may consider surgery the next logical step. As part of our dedication to using the least invasive pain management strategies possible, we recognize the overwhelming body of research which plainly states that the vast majority of back pain cases do not require surgery (please click here to learn more about this subject).
Instead, we may consider using any one of a number of interventional procedures available in our medical rehabilitation office. For back pain, our office provides Epidural Steroid Injections, Facet Joint Injections, Trigger Point Injections, Sacroiliac Injections, and Coccyx Injections. These procedures usually involve the injection of a long-lasting steroid in the painful area. A numbing agent may be used for immediate relief or for more accurate diagnostic purposes.
Once patients are sufficiently out of pain, we return to physical therapy and other conservative treatment options to deal with the cause of back pain and to find long-term solutions.
However, some patients need for us to go the next step—when pain persists, despite every other effort, the team at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation has additional options for relieving pain. Our Medical Director is affiliated with several local medical facilities (Riverview Medical Center and Middletown Surgery Center) in order to perform certain procedures which may require an anesthesiologist, such as Radiofrequency Ablation or Discograms.
The following is a more comprehensive view of the many treatment options for back pain in our Monmouth County rehabilitation office:
• Diagnosis: This process is overseen by our Medical Director, an MD that specializes in disorders of the musculoskeletal system of the body. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation uses traditional x-ray technology, ultrasound, electrodiagnostic nerve testing, and fluoroscopy. MRIs may be performed offsite and interpreted in our Red Bank office.
• Chiropractic: Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation began as a chiropractic office over 13 years ago; we practice a form of chiropractic that is based on Biomechanics and Physics.
• Physical Therapy: Physical therapy is an essential component in fixing the underlying issues that cause back pain. Our office uses therapeutic exercise (with PowerPlate Technology), low level laser therapy, ultrasound therapy, ice and heat, and electrotherapy.
• Spinal Decompression Traction: This is used to remove the pressure on spinal nerves; it is an excellent treatment option for damaged spinal discs in the neck and lower back.
• Acupuncture: As a practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture provides proven and drug-free relief of pain and stress.
• Medical Care: Interventional Pain Management at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation (corticosteroid and anesthetic injections) is part of an overall strategy to help patients heal with more conservative practices, including chiropractic or physical therapy.
• The Next Step: When all else fails or is insufficient, our medical doctor may consider Radiofrequency Ablation or Discograms, or Spinal Cord Stimulator Trials.
You don’t have to suffer from back pain. Please get in touch with our Red Bank pain management office as soon as you notice that back pain symptoms are not abating, or if you have been in pain for some time.