If you've ever experienced back pain, you can understand the time and effort people dedicate to getting rid of it.

The back is a complex part of the skeletal system. It's strong to protect the nerves, but flexible to allow for mobility. Most people move without back pain until their early 40s when wear and tear starts to take its toll on the muscles and bones.


Most back pain is caused by overuse or mild injury. This type of back pain will usually subside with rest and anti-inflammatory medication. Other types of back pain may be associated with nerve compression or severe injury, and may require surgical intervention.

But most physicians use back surgery as a last resort when other, less-invasive treatment options have failed to provide relief. There are several outpatient alternatives to back surgery that may provide lasting relief of back pain.

Epidural Steroid Injection

A steroid medication is injected into the epidural space between the vertebrae to reduce inflammation around the spinal nerves. This outpatient procedure takes about 2 hours, and relief will last for about three months.

Epidural Steroid Injection is ideal for treating back pain caused by:

  • Herniated disc
  • Slipped disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Bone spurs
  • Narrowing of the spinal column (spinal stenosis)

Vertebral Augmentation and Vertebroplasty

Vertebral Augmentation and Vertebroplasty are used to provide relief from back pain caused by a fracture. During these outpatient procedures, the fracture is filled with bone cement to reinforce the bone and stabilize the spine, reducing the compression of the other vertebrae and alleviating the back pain

If you're considering back surgery to relieve chronic back pain, discuss these alternatives with your physician. Jefferson Surgical Interventional Center offers these back surgery alternatives locally in Roanoke.

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