Back pain can range from uncomfortable and inconvenient to severe and debilitating. At MUSC Health, we treat the whole person and not just the pain. We work with you to diagnose the cause and develop a long-term treatment plan to help you live a pain-free, active life.
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Back pain is difficult to live with. At MUSC Health, our highly trained spine specialists take the time to understand your symptoms and work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.
At MUSC Health, you benefit from:
It’s important to accurately diagnose the cause of your back pain to develop an effective treatment plan. At MUSC Health, our spine specialists gather as much information as possible before discussing treatment options.
Our evaluation starts with a comprehensive physical exam and a review of your medical and pain history. The evaluation may also include:
While our specialists treat the majority of spine conditions without surgery, we can refer you to a surgeon when necessary. We work with you to develop a treatment plan that relieves your pain both immediately and long term.
Treatment options include:
We consider the least invasive options first, with these therapies usually given in combination. They include but are not limited to:
Spine injections can quiet or block nerves that cause pain, as well as reduce inflammation. Injections temporarily relieve pain so that you can correct your problem for the long term with physical therapy and exercise. We perform all spine injections with guidance from an X-ray technique called fluoroscopy, ensuring safe and correct placement.
Types of spine injections include:
A pain pump is an implantable device that delivers pain medication directly to your spinal cord. These devices help people with chronic back, nerve or joint pain that doesn’t respond to other treatments. By delivering medication directly to problematic areas, a pain pump also helps people who experience side effects from other treatments.
A spinal cord stimulator can provide a long-term solution for chronic back pain or leg pain (sciatica) coming from a nerve in your spine. Our team implants the device into your back. It sends low levels of electricity directly to the spinal cord to stimulate nerves and reduce pain.
If certain injections (facet joint or sacroiliac joint) provide relief, you may also be a candidate for rhizotomy. During this procedure, your doctor safely burns, or destroys, the troublesome nerve. This procedure provides longer-lasting relief than an injection.