Common Back Pain Questions

What’s the difference between spinal stenosis and spinal fusion?

Both spinal stenosis and spinal fusion are related to back pain.  Spinal stenosis results in the narrowing of the spine, which can cause pain of the spinal cord and nerves as they become compressed.  Spinal stenosis is more common in people who are 50 years old and older.  Whereas spinal stenosis causes back pain, a spinal fusion can either resolve back pain or not after it is performed.  Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure that joins 2 or more vertebrae (the bones of the spine).  “Spinal fusion is most often done along with other surgical procedures of the spine.  It may be done with other surgical procedures for spinal stenosis”.  – Medline Plus

More on Spinal Stenosis from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases:

My doctor prescribed your pain cream medication for my lower back pain. Can I use this pain cream it for other painful areas, too?

We want to encourage you to first speak with your prescriber about using the back pain cream medication for additional painful areas.  Continue to use your specially compounded pain cream medication for the original back pain complaint for which it was prescribed, and please call your doctor’s office to ask about applying this back pain cream it to more than the original area.  We also recommend that the back pain cream medication not be applied to more than 10% of your body surface area (BSA) unless specifically instructed by your physician.

I have your Transdermal Therapeutics cream for my back pain.  Where should I apply the back pain cream medication?

Your specially compounded back pain cream medication should be applied to the painful areas of your back which prompted your visit to the doctor's office (or nurse practitioner, PA, or other prescriber).  Please make sure to apply to intact skin (no breaks or incisions) to ensure that you deliver the correct dose of medicine to the painful area.

How do I get a prescription for a Transdermal Therapeutics cream?  

Because this is prescribed topical medication, it requires a prescription from your doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or other medical provider.  After your office visit, the prescription will be faxed here to us, and we will contact you for the information we need to provide your back pain cream as quickly as possible.