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Spine Pain Specialist

Gramercy Pain Center -  - Board Certified Interventional Pain Medicine

Gramercy Pain Center

Board Certified Interventional Pain Medicine located in Holmdel, Ocean Township & Browns Mills, NJ

Spine pain is common and includes discomfort that may affect your neck, upper back, or lower back. Though spine pain, in most cases, is temporary, some people experience chronic spine pain that makes daily activities difficult. At Gramercy Pain Center in Holmdel, Ocean Township and Browns Mills, New Jersey, board-certified interventional pain management physicians Ajay Varma, MD, DABA, DABAPM, and Ali Valimahomed, MD, take an integrated approach to spine pain. The interventional pain management practice works closely with you to develop an effective treatment to alleviate spine pain and improve your quality of life. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

Spine Pain Q & A

What is spine pain?

Spine pain includes any discomfort you feel in your neck, upper back, or lower back. The type of pain you feel may vary. Common symptoms include:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Stiffness
  • Sharp, shooting pain
  • Dull ache
  • Pain that radiates to your arms or legs
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning

Spine pain is common and, most often, temporary. However, spine pain may recur or turn into a chronic pain condition. 

Gramercy Pain Center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of spine pain. The interventional pain management specialists recommend you schedule an appointment if your spine pain is persistent, causes arm or leg weakness, or you have pain that shoots down your arms or legs.

What causes spine pain?

You can develop spine pain from any number of causes. Some of the most common include:

  • Herniated or bulging disc
  • Arthritis
  • Joint pain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Muscle strains
  • Muscle spasm
  • Nerve pain
  • Sciatica
  • Vertebral compression fractures
  • Spinal deformities

Your spine pain may develop after an acute injury or from degenerative changes that occur in your spine as you get older. 

How is spine pain diagnosed?

When you visit Gramercy Pain Center for a spine pain evaluation, an interventional pain management expert conducts a thorough evaluation to diagnose the cause of your pain.

During the exam, your provider asks detailed questions about your symptoms, including the type of pain, when it started, the area of your spine affected, and the activities that worsen your symptoms. They perform a physical exam, paying close attention to the structure and function of your spine.

To confirm or rule out a diagnosis, your provider may request diagnostic tests such as blood work, imaging studies, or nerve conduction tests. 

How is spine pain treated?

Gramercy Pain Center tailors treatment plans to meet each patient’s needs. Your provider combines physical therapy, home exercises, and medication with minimally invasive interventional pain management procedures, so you get the best relief from your pain. 

Some of the interventional pain management treatments for spine pain include:

  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Selective nerve root blocks
  • Discography
  • Botox® for cervical dystonia
  • Vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty 
  • Vertiflex™ Procedure
  • Trigger point injections
  • Disc decompression
  • Intrathecal pain pump implants
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation
  • Cryoablation
  • Rhizotomy (radiofrequency ablation)
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • Facet joint injections

Your provider at Gramercy Pain Center works closely with you to create a treatment plan that provides the best pain relief and helps you get back to doing the things you love.  

To learn more about spine pain treatment at Gramercy Pain Center, call the office, or book an appointment online today.