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myUOIstory: Non-surgical treatment for lower back pain gets Paul back in the swing of things

PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Paul’s lower back pain was so excruciating it kept him from golfing and traveling – both activities he loves.

After a thorough examination, University Orthopedics’ Dr. Ron Avraham told Paul inflammation of the sacroiliac joint was the cause of his discomfort.

Dr. Avraham – a physiatrist – specializes in interventional pain management. While surgery is sometimes required for certain conditions, Dr. Avraham’s goal is to find the least invasive treatment – which can include physical therapy, medications, and injection therapy.

While PT helped Paul a little bit, he was still in pain, so Dr. Avraham suggested cortisone shots. Paul said the relief was night and day and within no time he was back to traveling and playing golf. Over the years, there have been flare-ups, but Paul said Dr. Avraham has always been able to find the right treatment – without surgery.

Here’s Paul’s myUOIstory:

About Dr. Avraham

Dr. Ron Avraham is a board-certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physician, also known as a Physiatrist.  He has comprehensive training and experience performing a number of fluoroscopically-guided spine procedures such as nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablations and epidural steroid injections to manage and treat neck and low back pain. In addition, he is trained and proficient in the use of ultrasound imaging for musculoskeletal injections including peripheral joints, peripheral nerve blocks and myofascial and tendon injections including the use of regenerative medicine therapies such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate Stem Cells (BMAC).

His philosophy is to use a patient-centered and multimodal approach to help patients achieve the best quality of life and highest level of function. Working closely with patients and drawing on his background in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, he focuses on the use of conservative treatment options including minimally invasive interventional procedures, therapies and medications to provide patients with the best outcomes.