Baptist Health Richmond: Back Pain Relief Procedures
Acute and chronic back pain affect a large number of the population every day. Learn more about back pain relief procedures with Baptist Health Richmond.
Back Pain Relief Procedures in Richmond, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript
Thomas Whealton, DO, Interventional Pain:
If you have back pain that seems like it’s worse than the normal aches and pains you have after working outside, gardening, or doing normal things that can make you just feel sore, it’s a good idea to go see your primary care doctor.
When patients come into our office for the first time, the first thing we do is get a comprehensive history and physical on them to find out what’s worked and what hasn’t. A lot of patients will have gone through a lot of the conservative measures that we can do, and many will get quite a bit of relief before they ever set foot in our office, which is ideal. So, when they come to us, we’ll see what’s been done and what hasn’t, and we’ll try anything that we can that we think will give them the best chance of relief, long-term recovery, and better quality of life.
When patients have gone through some of those things, there are a lot of other therapies that we can provide, including what’s called a spinal cord stimulator, which involves helping to decrease the amount of pain signals that actually reach the brain from the low back and the legs, or the arms and the hands.
For most of my patients, I tell them that what I’m doing is to try to get you back to living a normal life. I want you to get in touch with learning and listening to your body, so that you don’t overdo it. But, we want to make sure that chronic pain isn’t the thing that’s limiting you. It’s basically just your ability to do the things that you want to be able to do.