Interventional medicine for back pain
Nearly two-thirds of Americans experience lower back pain, but 37 percent do not seek professional help for pain relief, according to The American Physical Therapy Association. We know that pain is the body’s way of saying that something is amiss and for those who suffer from prolonged or acute back pain, the debilitating effects can be all too familiar.
Fortunately, many individuals who experience back pain find that with rest, activity modification and perhaps some over-the-counter pain medication, the pain slowly fades and gets better on its own.
However, when pain lingers for more than four or five days, further investigation may be necessary. As a clinician, I am happy to say that both the diagnosis and treatment of pain have come a long way; in fact, the way we understand and subsequently work to manage pain issues have changed significantly in the last decade.
In many cases, we are now finding that minimally invasive alternatives to surgery may be a better option. Diagnostic and therapeutic injections, when indicated, are considered one part of a more comprehensive treatment program. When working closely with a patient, I seek to identify the pain’s origin and impact, as well as the mental aspects of pain when discussing treatment goals.
If you or a loved one is experiencing back pain, I am committed to diagnosing and treating complex spine conditions of the lower back. While each patient presents with pain differently, I strive to reduce pain by combining rehabilitation medicine with advanced interventional spine therapies. We work together to re-establish quality of life, improve function, reduce medication use and find a nonsurgical approach to the treatment of back and spine disorders.
Please feel free to contact my office at 208-239-2722 to schedule an appointment.
Austin C. Myers, MD is board eligible in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He graduated from Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica and completed his Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency training at East Carolina University / Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.