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By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
January 27, 2021
Category: Pain Management
Tags: Back Pain   Lower Back Pain  

Lower back pain can interfere with your life in so many ways. When you suffer from back pain, it may make it impossible to enjoy a simple walk in the park or playing in the backyard with your kids. It may even make it difficult to successfully carry out your duties in the workplace or at home. Fortunately, Dr. Quinones at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in St. Thomas, St. Croix, can help you learn how to manage your back pain. Keep reading to learn more.

Heat and Ice Therapy

If you suffer from lower back pain, heat and ice therapy is one way of treating it. Electrical heating pads, hot water bottles, or a warm bath help your muscles relax. They also improve blood flow. Increased blood flow helps your tense muscles to heal. If your lower back pain is caused by inflammation, ice packs help reduce swelling. Either method can effectively treat lower back pain.

Staying Active

When you have back pain, exercise may be the last thing on your mind, but it's still important, Gentle stretching and simple exercise like walking may be just what you need for lower back pain. Both can stabilize your spine, improve your posture and boost your overall health. In fact, people who are regular exercisers often experience less pain than those who are more sedentary.

Over-the-Counter Medication

Lower back pain can make you miserable, but over-the-counter medication sometimes helps. Anti-inflammatory medicines like ibuprofen, naproxen, or acetaminophen are good choices when you want to decrease your back pain. Speaking with a St. Thomas, St. Croix doctor can help you learn how to safely and effectively take these kinds of medications.

Eating a Healthy Diet

Do you want to manage your lower back pain? Take a look at your diet. Processed foods and food high in refined sugars and trans fats are bad for your health. These types of foods lead to inflammation in your body. Instead, stick to a healthy diet, and it may alleviate your lower back pain. Schedule an appointment with a St. Thomas, St. Croix doctor to learn more about following a healthy diet.

Call Today

If you live in St. Thomas, St. Croix area and suffer from lower back pain, Dr. Quinones at Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine provides a wide array of services to help ease those aches and pains. Schedule an appointment today by calling 340-714-2845 or 340-692-5000.

By Virgin Islands Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine
January 11, 2021
Category: Pain Management

Bending, walking, sitting, and even standing can cause intense back pain. If you have had an accident, play a sport, or had some other trauma to the spine, you may be in luck. Doctors and specialists often administer lumbar epidural injections to help the patient release the tension and discomfort in their arms, legs and lower back. The team at Virgin Islands Orthopedists and Medical Specialists offer such injections, serving both St. Thomas and St. Croix.

What Are Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections?

Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injections are shots that contain a painkiller like lidocaine, and a corticosteroid. The steroid reduces the inflammation and the swelling, while the numbing agent addresses the pain.

Doctors insert the shots in the lower region in the spine, otherwise known as the lumbar. The lumbar spans from bone T12 to bone S1.

Conditions that can benefit from the injections are:

  • Sciatica
  • Herniated disk
  • Bone degeneration
  • Athletes treating trauma

Working In Tandem With Other Therapies

After giving the injections, your doctor or therapist will want to gently work with you on a stretching and strengthening routine to help you remedy the pain. The injections make this treatment plan easier to execute -- there are less pain and stiffness to work around when the injections have taken effect.

Risks and Side Effects

Side effects include raised blood sugar levels in those who are diabetic, muscle weakness or numbness, water retention, and weight gain. Talk to your doctor before receiving the injections to make sure you are a good candidate to get them.

Bone, connective tissue, and joints are all spaces that benefit from lumbar epidural injections. The results last from a few days to a few years and help restore range of motion through the spine, arms, and legs. If interested in learning more about corticosteroid injections, contact the staff at Virgin Islands Orthopedists and Medical Specialists. You may reach us at our Saint Thomas location at (340) 714-2845 and our St. Croix office at (340) 692-5000.