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Lumbar Sympathetic Block for Back Pain

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Lumbar Sympathetic Block for Back Pain in Charlotte

Imagine waking up each day with chronic pain in your lower back. Now you can eliminate your pain with lumbar sympathetic blocks in Charlotte, NC. Lumbar sympathetic blocks involve injecting medication into your back to relieve low back pain.

Sympathetic nerves are located in your low back on both sides of your spine. Injecting a steroid medication and a local anesthetic into these nerves helps reduce pain in the lower back.

A lumbar sympathetic block treatment can be used to treat back pain caused by the following:

  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Vascular insufficiency
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Herpes zoster infection (shingles) involving the legs

A lumbar sympathetic nerve block is performed while you lie on your stomach. After numbing your back with a local anesthetic, your doctor will use imaging guidance to insert the needle. A dye is injected to confirm the medication will go to the appropriate treatment site. The steroid is then injected.

The entire procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure in our Charlotte office in just 30 minutes.

The risk of complications with this treatment is very low. The most common side effects are bruising or tenderness at the injection site. 

Initial pain relief is usually due to the anesthetic. The pain may return as the anesthetic wears off. However, most patients experience pain relief two to three days after the treatment. As the steroid medication kicks in, the lumbar sympathetic nerve block eliminates pain in your back.

The level of pain relief varies from patient to patient. More than one treatment may be needed.

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Chronic back pain affects your everyday life. Stop living with pain and start feeling like your normal self with nerve blocks! If you have lower back pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Usman Ahmad. As a board certified physiatrist, Dr. Ahmad performs lumbar sympathetic blocks to help reduce pain and improve mobility.

At Advanced Sports & Spine, we utilize a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to pain management. We offer a range of treatment options including non-surgical, non-opioid treatments and dietary, exercise, or lifestyle changes. Our goal is to help you heal and find pain relief quickly.

We strive to improve your mobility and quality of life in an affordable, conservative manner.

Same treatment, Lower cost

At Advanced Sports & Spine, we offer affordable lumbar sympathetic nerve blocks in Charlotte. Our innovative pain management treatments help patients heal from their heads to their feet.

We are committed to using the latest techniques and technologies. This enables us to perform affordable treatments in our office, not in a hospital or other outpatient facility. Patients save money by avoiding unnecessary facility fees charged by hospitals, outpatient medical centers, or hospital-owned medical practices.

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At Advanced Sports & Spine, you will find that personalized patient care sets our practice apart. From the compassionate staff and dedicated physician to the holistic pain management solutions, our patients’ health comes first!

Contact us for back pain management in Charlotte. Schedule an appointment today!

frequently asked questions

WHAT INSURANCES DO YOU ACCEPT?

Dr. Ahmad is in-network with most insurance companies. If you provide us with your insurance information before your new patient appointment, our team will contact your insurance company and complete a benefits check. Generally speaking, a copay is usually your only change on your new patient visit. Other than your copay, you will be notified in advance of any other costs for your appointment.

WHAT TYPE OF PROCEDURES ARE DONE AT THIS PRACTICE?

You will not find another non-surgical, non-opiate interventional pain management office in the greater Charlotte Area offering such a diverse and innovative array of services. Dr. Ahmad and his team will do a thorough exam on your area of complaint, provide you with a complete diagnosis, and recommend the best course of action to help eliminate your pain.

WHAT TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE THERE OTHER THAN MEDICATION?

WILL I ALWAYS SEE THE SAME PROVIDER?

Most of the time you will be treated by the same provider unless the treatment varies.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

Our office is conveniently located in the Arboretum Office Park at the intersection of Pineville Matthews Road and Providence Road, less than a mile from the Providence Road Exit off of 485. The Arboretum Office Park is located across Providence Road from the main section of the Arboretum. Our actual address is 8035 Providence Road Suite 340, Charlotte, NC 28277

ARE YOU AFFILIATED WITH A HOSPITAL?

Advanced Sports & Spine is a private practice, not annexed to or owned by a hospital facility. We are a non-facility fee office. Therefore, our patients pay less compared to having the procedure performed at a hospital.

IF I DO NOT HAVE INSURANCE HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? DO YOU ACCEPT CASH? DO YOU FINANCE?

The cost depends on 2 main factors: how severe your condition is and how many joints or areas of the body you are looking to have treated. Dr. Ahmad and his team will be able to answer this question for you more thoroughly after your initial examination and review of diagnostic findings. 

Yes, we do accept cash. We also have the most competitive pricing in the Carolinas with many different financing options, such as Care Credit and Advance Care, offering low monthly payments and interest free options for up to 14 months.

IF I RECEIVE AN INJECTION DO I NEED A DRIVER?

For joint injections, a driver is not needed. For spinal and PRP injections, a driver is recommended.

HOW LONG WILL THE INJECTION TAKE?

Steroid injections can take up to 5 days before they start working.

HOW LONG BEFORE I START FEELING THE EFFECTS OF THE INJECTION?

Steroid injections can take up to 5 days before they start working. Average relief is up to 3 months, but that does not mean it will not last that long or that it could last even longer.

For ESI and Facet injections, relief is up to 3 months, but that does not mean it will not last that long or it could even last longer. MBB only lasts 1 day and determines if you are a candidate for RFE. You return the next day with a pain diary. RFA procedures can last 6 months to a year.

WHAT MEDICATION IS USED FOR THE INJECTION? WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?

Joint injections contain a steroid and anesthetic. Whenever you break the skin, there is a possibility of bleeding and infection. However, those risks are minimized because image guidance is used. If you have Diabetes, the injection can increase sugar levels for up to 3-4 days. Steroids given close to the skin can cause discoloration or dimpling.

WHERE ARE THE INJECTIONS PERFORMED? DO I GO TO A SURGERY CENTER?

At Advanced Sports & Spine, the majority of our pain management procedures are performed in our Charlotte office. We use state-of-the-art equipment. Our ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance techniques ensure accuracy, help limit complications, and increase success rates.

Conditions Treated

We offer to help patients with the following conditions

Back and neck pain, acute or chronic

Arthritis/bursitis

Accident injuries

  • Low Back and Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Sciatica/Radiculopathy
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Shoulder, Knee, Hip and other joint pains
  • Occupational injuries
  • Neuralgias
  • Sports injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Peripheral nerve entrapments
  • Complex Region Pain Syndrome
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Spasticity
  • Trigger fingers
  • Peripheral Neuropathy

Working Hours

MONDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
TUESDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
WEDNESDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
THURSDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
FRIDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
SATURDAY Closed
SUNDAY Closed

Clinic Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday – Sunday: Closed

HANDLING PHONE CALLS

MON – FRI: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

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