Back Pain Specialist

Premier Pain Institute

Sham Vengurlekar, MD

Interventional Pain Management located in Phoenix, AZ

Back pain is one of the most common complaints people have when they visit their doctor, but you should never take it lightly. At Premier Pain Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, Sham Vengurlekar, MD, performs a thorough examination to uncover the root of your pain, so it’s easier to treat in the most minimally invasive way possible. For back pain relief that lasts, call Premier Pain Institute or book an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Approximately 80% of adults experience some form of back pain in their lives, and there are many causes of back pain that impact their quality of life. Some of the most common back pain causes include:

Disc herniation and protrusion

A herniated or protruding disc occurs when the material at the center of the discs in your spine slips or squeezes out of place. Because these discs provide cushion and shock absorption in the spine, a herniated disc often causes acute or chronic back pain. Most cases of disc herniation and protrusion occur in the lower back.

Facet joint arthritis

The facet joints in your spine contain cartilage that keeps you comfortable and flexible. When this cartilage begins to break down, leading to facet joint arthritis, it triggers pain signals in your nearby nerve endings.

Vertebral fractures

Fractures to the vertebrae in your spine are often painful and uncomfortable. Injuries, certain cancers, or osteoporosis are the most common causes.

Sacroiliac joint inflammation

The sacroiliac joint is between the pelvis and the base of your spine. This C-shaped joint serves as a shock absorber for your back, pelvis, and legs. When injured, the sacroiliac joint often causes pain through your lower back.

Aortic aneurysm

Most common in elderly patients, an aortic aneurysm is a bulge that builds in the aorta blood vessel. Located near the chest cavity or abdomen, an aortic aneurysm is known to cause back pain.

Other common reasons patients experience back pain include renal and ureteric stones, liver disease, pancreatic disease, and problems with the bladder, prostate, or uterus.

How is back pain diagnosed?

The first step in diagnosing back pain is determining the location and intensity of your back pain. If your pain is impacting your ability to function at home or work, it’s important to inform Dr. Vengurlekar at Premier Pain Institute right away. Next, an examination of your back is performed to assess your ability to stand, walk, stretch, and move without pain.

If Dr. Vengurlekar suspects that an underlying condition is the likely cause of your back pain, he may recommend:

  • X-ray scans
  • Bone scans
  • Blood tests
  • MRI or CT scans

A herniated disc often causes nerve compression that leads to back pain. In many cases, nerve stimulation is recommended to determine whether you have back pain caused by a compressed nerve.

How is back pain treated?

There are many back pain treatments that restore your ability to function without discomfort. Some of the most common treatments of back pain at Premier Pain Institute include:

  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain relievers
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Physical therapy
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Amniotic allograft injections
  • Coblation nucleoplasty
  • Kyphoplasty
  • Radiofrequency thermal ablation
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Lumbar disc rejuvenation
  • Surgery

Dr. Vengurlekar offers a number of minimally invasive back pain treatments at Premier Pain Institute to eliminate your pain. He understands that each patient he sees is unique, which is why he strives to provide individualized care.

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