Many are overwhelmed by the number of non-surgical treatments available for back pain and all of the options. Numerous options ranging from traditional to alternative are available, and they all have many variations.
If you want an alternative route, you could start with acupuncture or massage therapy. Realistically, you may need to try several types of treatments, or combination of treatments to find what works best for you.
Don't forget the simple things
Sometimes a few simple changes can make a big difference:
- Ice application, heat therapy and/or moist heat are easy to do and may provide substantial back pain relief (e.g. during a bout of severe pain, following spine surgery, following pain caused by certain activities).
- Try standing at your desk instead of sitting all day.
- A single massage from a skilled massage therapist may alleviate pain from a pulled muscle.
- Regular stretching exercises and activity modification can also help prevent bouts of pain, and may be learned with the help of your doctor or therapist.
Give injections a try. Injections offer relief for lots of patients, and they can be used to help identify the source of pain. An epidural injection into the spine delivers steroids that can provide lower back pain relief by decreasing inflammation in the painful area.
TENS units are also an option. These electrical devices are used to interfere with the transmission of pain signals sent to the lower back. Lifestyle factors can also play a role. Many lifestyle changes are important in reducing lower back pain, such as quitting smoking, weight loss, activity modification, and improved ergonomics and posture.
Consider coordinated, multi-specialty care
Integrated pain treatment clinics may include physiatrists, chiropractors, pain specialists, physical therapists, and surgeons.
The theory with this approach is that diagnosis/treatment of spinal disorders is often complex and may require expertise across a range of specialists, and that enhanced communication between different specialists will lead to better quality of care.
For more information contact Comprehensive Pain Management in Franklin, MA.