Suffering from chronic back pain, if severe, can be one of the worst kinds of impairments a person can have. Back pain affects people of all ages, not just the elderly, and can be caused by any number of reasons. Sometimes back pain is acute, or short-term and other times it is chronic, lasting for more than three months. Anyone who suffers from chronic severe back pain knows how hard it is to perform even the simplest of tasks. Patients affected with severe chronic back pain are in need of an accurate diagnosis, a step that is key to an effective back pain treatment. At the St Michaelís Pain and Spine Clinics we can patiently help you to navigate the sea of confusing information and contradictory opinions that frequently burdens patients in their search for symptomatic and functional improvement. Our commitment to your back pain treatment is that we will take sufficient time for you to fully understand your specific problem and make an informed decision as to the back pain treatment options available for your particular situation. The causes of chronic pain in the lower back, neck (cervical spine), leg pain (sciatica) or arm pain can be different. Therefore, it is important that patients understand their condition clearly in order to choose the back pain treatment options. We specialize in interventional pain management modalities where minimally invasive techniques treat the pain generators (such as removing a part of a herniated disc that is pinching a spinal nerve) through minute skin puncture, thus avoiding open surgery.
The main goals of the back pain treatment option offered at our clinics are pain reduction and recovery of function while aiming at avoiding open back surgery whenever possible. The St. Michaelís Pain and Spine Clinics offer lower back pain treatment, treatment for neck and back pain as well as severe lower back pain, sciatica, upper back pain, migraines, and pain in the hands and arms resulting from carpal tunnel syndrome or various forms of neuropathies. We also focus on more specialized treatment for less common painful conditions such as:
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Cranial neuropathies
- Atypical facial pain
Dr. Pappolla, the MD clinics director, is board certified in Pain Medicine, Neurology, Clinical Pathology, Anatomic Pathology and Neuropathology. He is Fellowship trained in (Anesthesia-based) Interventional Pain Management and has track record of excellence in teaching, research and patient care that span many years.
For patients in need of back pain treatment , no referral is necessary. However, we closely collaborate with other specialists including neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, and primary care physicians.
The St. Michael Pain and Spine Clinics are dedicated to excellence in patient care. For more information on back pain treatment options, contact us for an appointment at 832-448-0706.