The spine is a masterpiece of design, absorbing nearly every bump, jolt and shock while also providing an incredible amount of agility and flexibility. The spine has three natural curves: in the neck, upper back and lower back. These curves help absorb the impact of movement. The lower back bears most of the body's weight and is the most vulnerable to injury.
Nerve Blockades and Other Anesthesia Injections
Patients may be treated with any of several types of regional anesthetic techniques, including facet blocks, epidural blocks, trigger point injections, botulinum toxin injections, nerve blocks and neurolytic blocks.
Stimulators and Implantable Devices
Patients may be treated by using implantable devices for pain control. These include dorsal column stimulators and implantable devices such as intrathecal pumps.
Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy
Physical therapy is a major component of rehabilitating chronic back and neck pain. Physical therapists The GW Outpatient Rehab Center, which is conveniently located next door to the Pain Management Center, help patients strengthen muscles, improve joint flexibility and range of motion and increase endurance through aerobic activities.