Ketamine Infusion Specialists & Depression Specialists located in New Hampshire Seacoast, Newington, NH & Nashua, NH
While it's strong and flexible, your spine is also vulnerable to damage and wear-and-tear, which can lead to chronic back pain. If you have back pain that isn't improving despite treatment, Anh Ngo, MD, MBA; James Mirazita, MD; and PK Suchdev, MD, at Ketaminology are ketamine infusion specialists serving patients in Newington, Nashua, and throughout the state of New Hampshire. They can help relieve chronic pain using minimally invasive delivery of ketamine directly into your bloodstream. Find out how IV ketamine infusion could alleviate your back pain by calling Ketaminology today or schedule a consultation using the online form.
Back Pain Q & A
Why do I have back pain?
Back pain is usually due to an acute injury or gradual deterioration of the structures that make up your spine.
Your spine is a column of bones called vertebrae. There are three sections to your spine — cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back), and lumbar (lower back). The vertebrae have facet joints linking them and shock absorbent discs between each one. Your spine also has cartilage, ligaments, and muscles that support your back and enable you to move freely.
Inside your spinal column is a bundle of nerves called the spinal cord. This is part of your central nervous system; all the peripheral nerves that serve the rest of your body stem from there. Damage to any of these tissues can result in back pain.
What causes back pain?
Back pain can be a result of having poor posture, trying to do too much, stretching or twisting too far, or using poor techniques when bending and lifting.
Repeating the same movements frequently for long periods can cause overuse injuries and hasten the deterioration of the tissues in your spine.
Conditions that most often cause back pain include:
- Herniated discs
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Facet arthropathy
- Piriformis syndrome
Some people find their back pain becomes a chronic problem after surgery, a condition known as failed back surgery syndrome.
Could I get other symptoms with back pain?
Injuries and disorders that cause back pain can result in additional symptoms. With so many nerves in and around your spine, nerve compression is a common cause of back pain, and may result in:
- Prickling sensations
- Pins and needles
- Loss of function
If you have back pain as well as a fever, nausea or vomiting, and symptoms like blood in your urine, you could have an internal disorder like a kidney infection.
How is back pain treated?
The first stage in determining the correct treatment for your back pain is to find out what's causing it. The ketaminology team has considerable expertise in diagnosing the causes of back pain. In addition to a physical exam and review of your medical history, your provider uses state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies to diagnose your back pain accurately.
With the diagnosis in place, the ketaminology team can prepare a treatment plan personalized to your needs. Your plan may include:
- Physical therapy
- Manual manipulation
- Epidural steroid injections
- Trigger point injections
In most cases, these conservative approaches to treating back pain produce good results. However, some patients continue to experience chronic back pain. IV ketamine infusion can be an effective option for this kind of treatment-resistant back pain.
The ketaminology team specializes in using ketamine to treat people who have chronic back pain that isn't improving using other treatments. Call today to find out more or book an appointment online.