Pain Diagnosis

Accurate diagnosis of spine pain by our pain physicians

Conservative Treatments

Include over-the-counter pain medications and physical therapy

Specialized Injections

Performed under sedation administered by an anesthesiologist

Treating your back and neck pain

Injuries, chronic wear and tear from daily activities, or sports can cause changes in the spine that can lead to pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, lower back, buttocks and legs. These changes in the spine include alterations in the bony structure of the spine, herniated disks, pinched nerves and a variety of inflammatory states.

Accurate diagnosis of spine pain involves a visit with one of our pain physicians. During your visit, a detailed history will be taken and a physical examination will be performed. The workup may likely include diagnostic imaging such as an MRI. Our objective is to treat your pain in the most conservative manner possible.

Pain physicians at Franklin Square Health Group can treat spine pain through a variety of conservative treatments and specialized injections. Conservative treatments include over-the-counter pain medications and physical therapy. Injections are performed safely under live x-ray guidance (fluoroscopy) with sedation provided by an expertly trained anesthesiologist. This team of physicians will help treat your spine pain and improve your quality of life. Our goal is to treat you in the most conservative manner possible and help you avoid surgery.

If you need an injection, it will be conveniently performed in the comfort and safety of our office. You can go home the same day and most likely return to work the next day if needed. You will be required to abstain from eating or drinking anything for 6-8 hours prior to the procedure since you will be receiving intra-venous sedation. An adult companion with a valid driver’s license or the means to accompany you via public transportation will be required to be present with you the day of your procedure. This individual will be required to accompany you home and remain with you during your recovery at home.

Back Pain
Magnetic resonance imaging

conditions that may be causing your back and neck pain

There are numerous conditions that may cause neck and back pain. Common conditions causing neck pain include, but are not limited to, sprains and strains, degenerative changes in the joints that constitute the cervical spine, herniated discs and pinched nerves.

Lower back pain also results from a variety of conditions that include wear and tear, degeneration of the spine, herniated discs and pinched nerves.

Facet joints connect vertebral bodies, which are the building blocks of the spine. These are found all along the spine from the neck to the lower back. These joints prevent excessive forward, sideways and torsional/twisting motion of the spine. Over time, and through repetitive strain, these joints can become inflamed, causing pain and inflammation. This can lead to muscle spasms around these joints as well.

The sacro-iliac (SI) joint connects the sacrum to the pelvis. It can become dysfunctional from too much or too little motion/immobility. Pregnancy can also result in sacro-iliac joint dysfunction. SI joint dysfunction or inflammation usually results in lower back pain or hip pain. The pain may radiate (travel) to the groin area or down the leg.

While pain due to disk herniation or disk bulge can occur in the neck or lower back, it is more common in the lower back. Herniated disk pain can occur from physical contact of the disk with a nerve. This can cause numbness and tingling in the arm or the leg and if severe enough, weakness and even paralysis of the arm or leg. Alternatively, symptoms may be due to inflammation of a nerve from content that has leaked out from the center of the herniated disk, an area known as the nucleus pulposus. This is known as radicular pain.

Disk pain can also occur from a bulging, degenerated intervertebral disk that has not herniated and pressed up against a nerve or leaked any content. The disk space itself is the source of the spine pain in this case. This condition is often referred to as axial pain.

What causes herniated disks and disk pain? These conditions can result from a variety of scenarios including age-related wear and tear or using your back instead of your legs to lift objects, especially when twisting motions are involved.

Franklin Square Health Group

Our Office

Spine pain specialists at Franklin Square Health Group have extensive training in diagnosing and treating disorders that cause neck and lower back pain. All injections are performed under sedation administered by an anesthesiologist.

In addition to an excellent clinical team, we utilize equipment that is state-of-the-art. Our facility is registered with New York State and is accredited by the AAAASF, a nationally recognized accrediting organization. You can feel confident about the standard of care you will receive in the management of your neck or back pain.

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    340 Dogwood Avenue
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    Franklin Square, NY 11010

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