Lower Back Pain

Ratko Vujicic, MD -  - Pain Management

V Pain Clinic

Ratko Vujicic, MD

Pain Management located in Rock Hill, SC & Charlotte, NC

Chronic low back pain is often associated with aging — and the problem certainly increases as you get older — but it’s also the most common cause of disability in adults younger than 45 years of age. Ratko Vujicic, MD, at V Pain Clinic has years of experience using interventional pain management to help patients find relief from their ongoing low back pain. If you need help, book an appointment online or call one of the offices in Rock Hill, South Carolina, or Charlotte, North Carolina.

Lower Back Pain Q & A

What causes low back pain?

Low back pain in young adults usually develops due to a soft tissue injury. As you get older, however, chronic low back pain is primarily caused by spondylosis. Spondylosis refers to degenerative changes that naturally occur due to daily wear and tear on your lower back, causing conditions such as:

  • A herniated disc
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease

These conditions lead to chronic low back pain when they compress nerves, causing nerve irritation and inflammation.

What symptoms occur in addition to pain?

When your low back pain results from a pinched or damaged nerve, you may also experience nerve-related symptoms, such as tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, and a burning sensation. Your symptoms can extend beyond your lower back, as they radiate along the nerve and cause pain, tingling, and other sensations all the way down your legs.

How is low back pain treated?

Dr. Vujicic has years of experience providing numerous interventional therapies to relieve your low back pain. When administering treatments that target specific nerves, he uses ultrasound imaging to accurately guide the needle to the targeted spot.

These are a few examples of treatments you may receive for low back pain:

Epidural steroid injection

When steroids are injected into the spine’s epidural space, the medication reaches several nerve roots, where it provides long-term pain relief by reducing inflammation. Epidural steroid injections often contain a local anesthetic for quick pain relief.

Radiofrequency neurotomy

Dr. Vujicic uses radiofrequency energy to heat specific nerves, creating a wound that stops nerve signals from reaching your brain. When the brain doesn’t get the nerve’s message, you don’t feel the pain. The nerve eventually regenerates, but in the meantime, you may have up to two years of diminished pain.

Facet joint injection

When osteoarthritis is the underlying cause of your pain, Dr. Vujicic may inject steroids and anesthetics into the facet joints in your vertebrae.

Spinal cord stimulation

A spinal cord stimulator delivers a mild electrical current to nerves in your spine. The electricity masks or blocks the nerve signals so your brain doesn’t get the pain message.

If you need relief from low back pain, call V Pain Clinic or book an appointment online.