People with acute pain need to be treated early on in the process to maximize the probability of recovery. ECU Physicians Neurosurgical and Spine Center features a Musculoskeletal and Spine Clinic that is a new location with multiple providers onsite. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physicians work with neurosurgeons and physical therapists to allow care from multiple providers in one location.
The Musculoskeletal and Spine Clinic combines the approach of board-certified Pain Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Electromyography (EMG) physicians with innovative treatment approaches. State of the art clinical services are available for patients experiencing severe back and extremity pain.
Due to the intensity of clinical care at the Musculoskeletal and Spine Clinic, services are provided only by referral from a physician. We invite a patient's primary care physician to remain closely involved in the long-term care program.
Treatment at the Musculoskeletal and Spine Clinic may last several months and will provide an optimal level of care for our patients. We will also create a program of long-term pain management that allows patients to return to their primary care physician.
Low back pain (LBP) is a leading cause of disability and productivity loss in the United States. Some studies indicate the lifetime prevalence of LBP may be as high as 84%. Although most episodes of LBP resolve fairly quickly, others may not resolve on their own. Causes of LBP include, but are not limited to, radiculopathy, degenerative changes, facet joint dysfunction, and sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
Treatment may involve physical therapy, medications, and the use of modalities such as heat, ice, or TENS units. Spinal injections are also available for the treatment (and sometimes diagnosis) of some types of LBP. These procedures are performed under fluoroscopy to insure proper needle placement. Once the needle is in the correct location, and confirmed by the injection of contrast, an injection of steroid and anesthetic is performed (please see animation).