About half of working adults in the U.S. have back pain every year. Although most people experience what is called acute back pain, some people have chronic low back pain that lasts greater than 6 weeks.. If you’re one of them, you understand just how debilitating it can be.
With each failed treatment, you may feel frustrated, but don’t give up. There is a treatment called Automated Intramuscular Stimulation (A-IMS®) pioneered by Dr. Anna Lee at Bergen Pain & Rehab that resolves
muscle-related chronic back pain with only a few treatments.
Back pain is usually Caused by Muscle Spasms
Musculoskeletal back pain is caused by nerve irritation and/or muscle injury. These injuries generate spasms (or trigger points) in the muscles around the back area. The muscle spasms make muscles short and tight. When muscles shorten and they pull on the tendons that are attached to the back area. This causes pain and tightness. Also, when muscles tighten up, the nerve branches and blood vessels in the trigger point area are compressed causing pain and sometimes sensory symptoms like numbness and tingling sensation.
A-IMS is most efficient in eliminating muscle spasms. When muscle spasms are removed, muscles returned to their relaxed state and pain and sensory symptoms disappear.
Dr. Lee has treated so many back pain patients successfully with her A-IMS procedure, even those who had pain after back surgeries.
A-IMS versus dry needling
In A-IMS®, muscle spasms or trigger points are eliminated by Local Twitch Response (LTR). LTR is a sudden contraction of muscle that is followed by immediate relaxation much like a spinal reflex. It was shown scientifically that when LTR occurs, trigger points disappear and muscle length returns to its normal state. This leads to the elimination of pain and sensory symptoms.
So-called, ‘dry needling’ can also generate LTRs but in much less frequency compared with A-IMS and the LTRs generated are of weak strength. In contrast, A-IMS can generate LTRs much more frequently and they are forceful. This is why fast recovery from back pain is possible with A-IMS.
Pharmaceutical treatments have serious drawbacks, particularly with the current opioid addiction crisis in the U.S. Surgery, too, presents risks you may not be willing to take. Some patients have reported having had surgeries that were declared successful but that didn’t resolve their pain.
If you’re ready to explore this minimally invasive, breakthrough therapy, book your appointment with Dr. Lee online or by phone. The worst side effect you’re likely to see is mild bruising, while there’s a possibility that your pain will, at long last, be resolved!