Back Pain

Do you Have Lower Back Pain That Won’t Go Away?

Back pain is one of the most common types of pain. It usually disappears after a few days with the help of painkillers, physical therapy, and rest. But in some cases, back pain just doesn’t go away. If you are experiencing severe back pain that persists for several weeks even after taking medication, you should consider seeking medical help to diagnose and treat your condition.

When to visit your doctor
If the pain doesn’t improve, it radiates to your legs or produces weakness.

Warning signs
If the pain appears after an injury, or you have fever, bowel, or bladder problems.

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What You Should Know About Back Pain

Common causes
Muscle strains, ligament strains, fractures, structural problems such as bulging or ruptured discs, arthritis, sciatica, and abnormal curvature of the spine.

Risk factors for back pain
Sedentary lifestyle, smoking, pregnancy, medical conditions, poor posture, sports injuries, older age, genetics, strenuous physical activities.

Related conditions
Degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, lupus, spondylolisthesis, shingles pain, kidney stones, among others.

Treating Chronic Low Back Pain

If it looks like your lower back pain won’t go away, you can find pain relief in our pain treatment centers. One of our specialists will evaluate your situation to accurately diagnose your condition to define the best treatment plan for you. One of the therapies they may suggest are injections.

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Important Facts About Injections

Epidural Spinal Steroid Injections

Alleviate different types of pain, including lower and upper back pain.

Nerve blocks

Used to treat the specific nerve or group of nerves that are causing the pain. Also used as a diagnostic tool.

Facet joint injections

Often the best option for patients who’ve had back pain for a long time, especially after an injury.

FAQ About Injections For Back Pain

What type of epidural spinal injection is best for me?


There are several types of epidural spinal injections that treat different types of pain:

  • Lumbar epidural steroid injection: used to treat pain in the lumbar region. Can also be used to treat pain in the legs.
  • Lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injection: helps relieve pain in the lower and upper back. Can also help alleviate sciatica.
  • Caudal epidural steroid injection: used to alleviate pain in the lower back and legs.

Should I get an injection or a nerve block to treat back pain?


A medical professional will determine what’s the best treatment for you. If there’s suspicion of a single nerve root causing the pain, then nerve blocks may be the best choice.

How long does the effect last?


This varies from patient to patient. Depending on the causes of pain and other factors, pain relief can last for several months. In some cases, injections can bring permanent relief.

Do injections have side effects?


The risk of developing serious side effects is minimal. Common side effects include mild pain in the site of the injection, increased blood sugar, insomnia, flushing, nausea, vomiting.

Less common side effects include infection, nerve damage, bleeding, and allergic reactions.

Do injections require preparation?


Usually, injections don’t require much preparation. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully before the procedure.

Are injections painful?


Your pain specialist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area, so you won’t feel any pain. You may feel a little discomfort during and after the procedure.

Am I a good candidate for pain injections?


If you have chronic back pain that doesn’t go away with conventional therapies, you may be a good candidate. However, if you have diabetes, or if you are allergic to certain medications, you should let your pain doctor know before the procedure.


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