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Spine Pain Specialist

Daljit S Buttar, MD -  - Interventional Pain Management Physician

Raleigh Spine and Pain Center

Daljit S Buttar, MD

Interventional Pain Management Physician & Headache Specialist located in Raleigh, NC

Spine pain is more common than you may think, and various factors can cause it. If you struggle with spine pain, skilled interventional pain management physician Daljit S. Buttar, MD, and his staff can help. At Raleigh Spine and Pain Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, they offer an array of solutions that reduce spine discomfort or treat its underlying cause. Call the Raleigh Spine and Pain Center office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Spine Pain Q&A

What is spine pain?

Spine pain is a feeling of discomfort in your upper or lower spine. The spine consists of bones, nerves, muscles, and other soft tissues that help you maintain posture and protect your brain and spinal cord. If you have spine pain, it could be congenital spinal defects, injuries, or age-related wear and tear.

What are the symptoms of spine pain?

If you have spine pain, it might present as:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Diminished mobility 
  • Radiating pain
  • Shooting discomfort
  • Sharp pain
  • Dull aching
  • Chest, arm, or leg pain
  • Poor posture
  • Muscle spasms

At the first sign of spine discomfort, see the Raleigh Spine and Pain Center experts for an evaluation.

What are the risk factors for spine pain?

While anyone can develop spine pain, some factors increase your risk of having it. Examples include:

  • Older age
  • Wear-and-tear
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Disc herniation
  • Inflammation
  • Narrowed spinal canal
  • Sports injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Falling
  • Car accidents
  • Other types of trauma
  • Sciatica
  • Facet joint pain
  • Nerve root pain

Chronic diseases, obesity, and poor posture also increase your risk of developing spine pain. Raleigh Spine and Pain Center offers a variety of effective treatments for spine pain relief. 

How does my doctor diagnose the cause of spine pain?

To find out what’s causing neck, back, or limb pain associated with spinal problems, Dr. Buttar discusses your medical history, lifestyle, and symptoms with you. He checks your vital signs, examines your back and spine, and may order blood tests, nerve tests, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures.

How does my provider treat spine pain?

Your pain management plan depends on the type and cause of spine pain you encounter. Dr. Buttar could recommend that you try one or more of the following treatments:

Home remedies

Things you can do at home to reduce spine pain include bracing, using ice or heat packs, managing a healthy body weight, and doing physical therapy exercises.

Regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from your blood and stem cells to generate new cells and enhance your body’s natural ability to heal. 

Steroid injections

Steroid injections are shots that help reduce spinal inflammation and pain.

Raleigh Spine and Pain Center offers caudal steroid injections to reduce back pain, cervical epidural steroid injections to alleviate neck pain, lumbar transforaminal epidural steroid injections for back pain relief, sacroiliac joint steroid injections, cervical transforaminal epidural steroid injections, and thoracic epidural steroid injections.

The practice also provides RACZ caudal neurolysis that uses steroids and anesthetic to reduce painful scarring.

Epidural injections

Epidural injections use an anesthetic to relieve spinal discomfort. Examples include facet joint injections to reduce neck and back pain, lumbar sympathetic blocks, and other types of nerve blocks.

Discography and disc decompression


Discography and disc decompression use imaging technology and minimally invasive procedures to remove materials that compress painful nerves.

Radiofrequency ablation


Radiofrequency ablation uses heat to reduce pain signals. Raleigh Spine and Pain Center offers cervical facet radiofrequency rhizotomy, lumbar radiofrequency rhizotomy, and thoracic facet radiofrequency rhizotomy to reduce upper, mid, and lower spine discomfort.

Intradiscal electrothermal therapy (IDET)

IDET is a procedure in which your spine specialist heats nerves and repairs spinal discs using a catheter and specialized temperature-controlled device.

Spinal cord stimulator implantation 


Implanting a spinal cord stimulator device beneath your skin sends electrical impulses to your spinal cord and brain to diminish pain signals.

Vertebroplasty


Vertebroplasty is a procedure that uses special cement to repair spinal fractures and pain associated with them. 

Dr. Buttar offers spinal injections using X-ray guidance. He also provides minimally invasive spine procedures that repair, replace, remove, or insert tissues within the spine to restore its structure and function.

Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about spine pain treatments available at Raleigh Spine and Pain Center.