Chronic Back Pain; there are many treatments available that don’t involve narcotics

Dr. Murali Krishnamurthy at the Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology, is an expert in back pain and uses a wide variety of treatments to help patients resolve their issues without the use of narcotics.

Chronic back pain can be very difficult to treat, especially in cases involving failed back surgery or neuropathic pain (also called nerve pain). Patients who report continuing back pain in the absence of a definitive pathology (an identifiable, anatomical cause of the pain) are sometimes dismissed by health professionals who are not experts in pain. Many times patients who see doctors that don’t specialize in pain management, are given prescriptions for narcotics that lead to long-term use and often dependency. And many times these narcotics are an ineffective way to treat back pain.

Dr. Murali Krishnamurthy is a physiatrist who has devoted his medical practice to studying pain, its prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, rehabilitation and treatment. That is why he offers his patients such a wide variety of treatment types as an alternative to narcotics.

The following is a list of back conditions commonly treated by physiatrists such as Dr. Krishnamurthy:


  • Back pain, sciatica
  • Muscle and ligament injuries
  • Work injuries
  • Myofascial pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Osteoporosis


The treatments that Dr. Krishnamurthy offers for back pain include:


  • -Caudal Injections
  • -EMG
  • -EMG/Nerve Conduction Studies
  • -Epidural Steroid Injections
  • -Facet Joint Injections/Blocks
  • -Facet Rhizotomy Injections
  • -Fluoroscopic Guided Joint Injections
  • -Interventional Pain
  • -Medial Branch Nerve Blocks
  • -Nerve Blocks and Testing
  • -Pain Management
  • -Peripheral Joint and Muscular Injections
  • -Radiofrequency Neuroablation
  • -Radiofrequency Procedures
  • -Rehabilitation
  • -Sacroiliac Join Injections/Blocks
  • -Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • -Transforaminal Injections
  • -Trigger Point Injections


Back pain, especially intractable or chronic pain, used to be something many patients simply had to learn to “live” with. In recent years, however, researchers have learned a great deal about pain and its physiological and psychological basis, leading to pain management treatments that can provide complete or partial pain relief. These are the types of treatments that Dr. Krishnamurthy offers.

Back pain patients should schedule an appointment with Dr. Krishnamurthy. Because if these patients are left with untreated pain, it can interfere with the healing process by affecting the immune system and leading to other undesirable results. In severe cases of back pain, the resulting discomfort can impede the rehabilitation process by interfering with exercise and increasing the risk of psychological distress.