You can resolve most back pain problems without surgery or narcotic pain medications. At Memorial Hospital Los Banos, we offer non-invasive services and therapies that relieve pain and may help improve mobility.
Spinal Injections and Nerve Blocks
An epidural steroid injection delivers strong anti-inflammatory medication into the epidural space near your spinal cord. In a nerve block, a numbing medication is injected into the area around a nerve, delivering short-term pain relief. Anti-inflammatory medications can also be added to provide longer term pain relief.
Spinal Cord Stimulation
For some types of nerve or back pain, spinal cord stimulation may help by blocking nerve impulses using a mild, electric current. The therapy requires a minimally invasive surgery to implant a small electrical generator under the skin, usually in the abdomen or buttocks. This is attached to wire leads that extend along the spinal column. The generator delivers pulses of a mild electric current through the leads. Doctors at Memorial Hospital Los Banos can refer you to experts within the Sutter Health network who offer spinal cord stimulation services.