Back Pain Specialist

Low back issues are a common cause of disability and pain. Dr. Francis C. Corrigan and the pain management team at Solas Health—with offices in Pinehurst, Cary, and Fayetteville, North Carolina are experts at determining the cause of your low back pain and designing a treatment plan to reduce your symptoms and help restore function.

Back Pain Q&A

What causes low back pain?

The causes of low back pain vary widely and can become quite complex due to the structural components the lumbar area, which include muscles, nerve clusters, bones, discs, and tendons. Heavy lifting, a sudden twisting/turning motion, or an awkward fall can all cause muscular strain leading to sudden and sometimes excruciating lower back pain. When the piriformis muscle located in the buttocks spasms and causes pain, the symptoms can inflame and irritate the sciatic nerve. This might mimic a back complaint commonly known as sciatica, which can cause significant pain and burning discomfort that travels down the backs of the legs and into the feet.

Sometimes the spine itself is the culprit. Conditions such as lumbar degenerative disc disease, lumbar facet disease, and sacroiliac joint disease all stem from the lower back regions of the spine. These issues can inflame or compress nerves housed in the spine, which can cause significant, debilitating pain. The physicians at Solas Health will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the cause and best possible treatments for your low back pain.

What’s the treatment for low back pain?

The pain specialists at Solas Health use a variety of noninvasive treatment methods for back pain, including:

  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Yoga
  • Back bracing
  • Medication to reduce inflammation and control pain
  • Acupuncture therapy

What’s the next step?

When your pain is severe, the experts at Solas Health may recommend minimally invasive procedures to control your symptoms. These procedures can lead to several months without pain, such as with radiofrequency ablation. This process uses special needles to create a lesion that disrupts the nerve’s ability to send pain signals. It’s typically done using an X-ray-guided technique with the patient lightly sedated.

Other pain control treatment methods offered at Solas Health include:

  • Epidural and facet injections
  • Sacroiliac joint injection
  • Spinal cord stimulator placement

Insurance

Solas Health is in network with most insurance plans and we file most insurance claims electronically. Here is a partial list of insurance plans we are in network with:

Aetna
America's 1st Choice
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
CoreSource
Coventry
First Carolina Care
Humana
Medcost
Physicians Mutual
Tricare
UMR
United Healthcare
Universal Healthcare
Workers Compensation
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