Injections for Back Pain Keeps Tinley Park Couple Mobile

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"Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain," explains Howard Robinson, M.D., board-certified physiatrist and pain management specialist on staff at Ingalls. "Acute back pain comes on suddenly and usually lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Back pain is called ‘chronic' if it lasts for more than three months."

For the last 10 years, Dominick and Frances Mazza have received pain injections from Dr. Robinson at his Harvey office. Frances, 77, explains, "If it weren't for the injections, I'd be in a wheelchair." And for a doting mother and grandmother, that's out of the question. My children and grandchildren are my life," she adds. "I never turn them down for babysitting."

Back pain disappears almost immediately after a successful pain block, and relief usually lasts several months. "Dr. Robinson gets me through," she adds. "I thank God for him."

Dominick, a retired steelworker and welder, struggled with back pain for years. When the pain got really bad, "I was starting to drag my leg," he said. After seeing a pain specialist at another hospital, Dominick was referred to Dr. Robinson, and it has made all the difference in the world.

"The other doctor gave me an epidural but didn't use X-ray to find the exact location in my spine," he explained. "He would find the spot with his hands, but that didn't always work. Dr. Robinson always uses X-ray, and the difference is unbelievable."

"Studies have shown that the use of X-ray to guide the needle into the epidural space is more effective than without," Dr. Robinson explains.

"Dr. Robinson is a very caring person," Dominick adds. "Since I've been seeing him, I haven't been in a wheelchair. I highly recommend him. He's done wonders for my wife and I."

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