Advanced Treatment for Chronic Back and Spine Pain
Back pain is one of the most common health problems among adults in the United States. The American Chiropractic Association estimates that more than 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some time in their lives.
Temecula Valley Hospital offers several treatment options to help patients deal with chronic back and spine pain.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is an effective therapy for many people with chronic pain. SCS helps mask pain by blocking or changing pain signals before they reach the brain. An SCS therapy system is made up of a few parts that are designed to work together to help patients manage their pain:
- Pulse generator
The pulse generator produces the electrical pulses that manage the pain. It is a small device that connects the leads to the paddle. The leads are thin wires that deliver electrical pulses from the generator to the paddles to stimulate the nerves along the spinal cord. The controller is a handheld device similar to a remote control that lets the patient adjust the therapy. The generator, leads and paddle are surgically inserted during an outpatient surgical procedure.
SCS may be an option if you have:
- Chronic pain in your back, arms or legs that has lasted at least six months
- Pain marked by burning, tingling or numbness
- Little or no relief from surgery, pain medications, nerve blocks or physical therapy
- A desire to reduce pain medication use
At Temecula Valley Hospital, Hector O. Pacheco, MD, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, performs the outpatient surgical procedure to insert the spinal cord stimulator.
Podcast: Spinal Cord Stimulation for Chronic Back Pain
In this segment, Hector Pacheco, MD, discusses spinal cord stimulation as a type of therapy proven to be effective for chronic pain sufferers.
When a spinal nerve root is compressed, injured or inflamed, it can cause pain in the neck as well as the mid and lower back. It can also cause weakness or burning in the arms or legs. While most patients respond to nonsurgical treatment, surgery is sometimes needed.
Spinal Stenosis Surgery
Spinal stenosis occurs as a result of aging and everyday wear-and-tear on the spine. Symptoms can include lower back pain, numbness or weakness in the arms, buttocks and legs and symptoms that improve while resting, lying down or bending forward. Decompression surgery can relieve pressure and pain.
Podcast: Do You Suffer from Pain Due to Spinal Stenosis?
Learn how spinal stenosis is diagnosed and the latest treatment options available to reduce pain.
Spinal Fusion for the Spine
Patients who have degenerative spinal disease may require spinal fusion surgery to stabilize the vertebrae and alleviate severe, chronic back pain. Spinal fusion involves correcting an unstable part of the spine by joining two or more vertebrae. Traditional, open-surgery spinal fusion has been associated with a low complication rate and pain relief for 90 percent of patients.
For those who qualify, we also offer alternatives to traditional spinal fusion surgery.
Scoliosis and Kyphosis Surgery
On an X-ray, the spine of a scoliosis patient looks more like an “S” or a “C” than a straight line. A normal spine curves gently backward (kyphosis) in the upper back and gently inward in the lower back. Some of the bones in a scoliotic spine may also be slightly rotated, causing a difference in the person’s shoulder height when standing, a prominence in one part of the back of the chest or a prominence in the lower back when standing or bent over. The degree of scoliosis may range from mild to severe.
Sometimes, scoliosis or kyphosis can cause local back pain or can contribute to spinal stenosis. In these cases, spinal surgery can be performed to alleviate back pain or stenosis. Spinal decompression and fusion is the most common surgical option for scoliosis.
Spine Surgeons at Temecula Valley Hospital
- Bret Abshire, MD, Neurosurgeon, Temecula Valley Neurosurgery
- Daniel Friedlich, MD, Neurosurgeon, Temecula Valley Neurosurgery
- Gerard Oh, MD, Neurosurgeon, Temecula Valley Neurosurgery
- Hector O. Pacheco, MD, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, Fallbrook Temecula Valley Orthopaedic Associates
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