Your back is your body’s main support system. It is composed of a chain of bones (the vertebral column) connected to each other and to your limbs and head by ligaments and muscles; it also helps form the ribcage protecting your heart and lungs. It’s flexible, strong and complex, and when one part of your body is not working correctly, your back will often hurt as well.
There are many kinds of effective pain management available to people with back pain. They range from physical therapy and strengthening techniques to behavior modification, to medications or – rarely -- surgery; combinations are often used as well. Interventional Spine Care, a highly-specialized subspecialty of orthopedics, allows the physician to pinpoint and treat the source of the pain with precision using minimally-invasive techniques.
Interventional Spine Care aims to treat painful disorders or injuries of the spine. Fluoroscopy is used to diagnose and treat symptoms.
Neuropathy means damage to a nerve, or nerves, in the peripheral nervous system. Neuropathy is typically found in many different conditions. Neuropathy only affects the brain and the spinal cord. Neuropathy can be caused by diabetes, repetitive injury, trauma, and infection, as well as many other diseases.
Pain management is a branch of medicine employing an interdisciplinary approach for easing the suffering and improving the quality of life of those living with pain.
YAOMING GU, MD
Dr. Gu specializes in spine and pain management.
National Spine & Pain Centers
1630 Wilkes Ridge Pkwy
Henrico, VA 23233
Phone: (804) 270-7262
Physiatry aims to improve and restore functional ability and quality of life to those who may have a physical impairment or disability. The goal of Physiatry, or physical medicine and rehabilitation, is to restore function to people with injuries to their tissues, bones, muscles, etc.
Physical Therapy is prescribed to remediate disabilities and/or impairments. The goal is to increase mobility, quality of life, ability to function, and movement.