Lower Back Pain Specialist

Pain Consultants of Michigan/ A & R Therapies

Interventional Pain and Regenerative Therapies & Aesthetics located in Saginaw, MI

It’s estimated that 80% of adults develop lower back pain at some point in their life. For about 20% of them, the pain becomes a chronic, debilitating problem. When other options fail to relieve your pain, Lakshmana Madala, MD, FIPP, at Pain Consultants of Michigan/ A & R Therapies, provides many regenerative and interventional therapies that effectively alleviate lower back pain.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What causes lower back pain?

When you’re young, lower back pain is usually the result of strained muscles. As you get older and wear and tear over the years begins to take a toll, lower back pain is more likely to result from degeneration and age-related changes in your spine.

The most common causes of lower back pain include:

  • Herniated disc
  • Slipped disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Arthritis and bone spurs
  • Narrowing of the spinal canal
  • Compression fractures
  • Sports and overuse injuries

These conditions ultimately cause inflammation and pinched nerves, which trigger your pain.

What is sciatica?

Sciatica refers to pain and other symptoms felt anywhere along the sciatic nerve. This condition is known for the pain that starts in your lower back and travels down your leg because that’s the path of the sciatic nerve.

Sciatica develops when the nerve is pinched, which is most often due to a herniated disc. In addition to pain, you may also experience tingling, numbness, and muscle weakness.

How is lower back pain treated?

Treatment for lower back pain begins with conservative therapies such as physical therapy. But when your pain persists despite medical treatment, it’s time to consider the interventional and regenerative therapies available at Pain Consultants of Michigan/ A & R Therapies.

These are a few examples of the treatments Dr. Madala uses to relieve your lower back pain:

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections

The platelets in PRP release growth factors that promote healing, reduce inflammation, and trigger the production of new cells needed to heal your back.

Epidural steroid injections

After determining the spinal nerves causing your pain, Dr. Madala injects a mixture containing a steroid and an anesthetic into the epidural space. This allows the medication to flow around the nerves, relieving your pain as the steroid significantly reduces inflammation and the anesthetic blocks nerve signals.

Lumbar selective nerve root block

This is similar to an epidural steroid injection, except that Dr. Madala injects the corticosteroid at the nerve root causing your pain. An anesthetic may also be injected along with a steroid.

Radio-frequency ablation

When safe radio-frequency energy is applied to specific nerves, they stop sending pain signals to the brain. When your brain doesn’t get the nerve signal, you don’t feel the pain.

To learn more about the pain-relieving treatments available at Pain Consultants of Michigan/ A & R Therapies, call 989-752-1900 or have your physician refer you to our office.