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Innovative Pain Specialists -  - Pain Management Specialist

Innovative Pain Specialists

Pain Management Specialists & Spine Specialists located in Arlington Heights, IL & Libertyville, IL

Back pain affects 80% of adults at some point in their lifetime. Unfortunately, for 20% of them, a single bout of pain turns into a chronic and debilitating condition. At Innovative Pain Specialists, Paul Marsiglia, DO, and Demetrios Louis, MD, provide effective interventional and regenerative treatments that ease your symptoms by targeting the source of the pain. If you're ready to regain an active life, call the office in Arlington Heights or Libertyville, Illinois, or book an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q&A

What causes back pain?

Back pain commonly occurs when you pull a muscle or end up with an injury while participating in athletic activities or lifting a heavy object. Overuse injuries also cause many cases of back pain. These injuries develop as you repeat the same movement, creating stress that tears soft tissues and causes inflammation.

As you get older, back pain most often arises from degenerative changes that cause back problems such as:

  • Herniated discs
  • Torn discs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Facet joint disease (arthritis)
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Slipped vertebrae
  • Modic changes in the endplate

The team at Innovative Pain Specialists also treats back pain caused by arachnoiditis, epidural fibrosis, post-laminectomy pain syndrome, and scarring from earlier spine surgery.

What symptoms accompany back pain?

Though painful conditions can affect your upper back, they usually occur in your lower back. Chronic lower back pain ranges from a mild muscular ache to sharp, knife-like pain. 

The area of your back where the pain begins may also feel tender or sore to the touch. In many cases, the pain increases with movement.

When the condition causing your back pain pinches spinal nerves, you may experience pain and tingling that radiate down your leg and into your foot. In severe cases, you may also have leg cramping and muscle weakness.

How is back pain diagnosed?

Nothing is more important to Innovative Pain Specialists than accurately diagnosing the cause of your back pain. It takes a precise diagnosis to ensure your treatment is effective.

Your provider completes a thorough workup that includes your medical history and a physical exam. They may also order additional diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, MRIs, or a CT scan.

How is back pain treated?

The first line of treatment for back pain includes limiting your activities and taking medications; however, traditional medical care seldom eases chronic back pain. Instead, you may need the specialized treatments provided by Innovative Pain Specialists.

Their interventional and regenerative treatments effectively alleviate pain because they target the nerves and tissues causing your pain.

Your provider customizes your treatment plan to meet your needs, drawing from treatments such as:

  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Facet injections
  • Medial branch blocks
  • Nerve blocks
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Intracept® Procedure by Relievant
  • Vertiflex® Superion™ Indirect Decompression System

The team at Innovative Pain Specialists also offers regenerative medicine therapies such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. PRP reduces inflammation and accelerates healing in damaged tissues.

If you need relief from back pain, call Innovative Pain Specialists or book an appointment online today.