We read many threads and posts from various members talking about some of the conservative treatments that they had and that they were not successful.
I guess the best way for me to state this is, because they are conservative
you may not always get relief right from the start.
Just some of these types of treatment.
- Spinal Injections (ESI, Trigger Point, Facet, etc)
- Physical Therapy
- Aqua Therapy
- Ultra sound treatments
- Tens unit
- Massage therapy
- Aroma / Relaxation / Music therapy
Consider yourself lucky if when after the first of any of the above treatments and you got good results. Many times, its about repeating those actions to establish a solid base line.
Physical therapy is probably the best one to illustrate. About 99.9% of the time at your first physical therapy treatment, (after your PT evaluation) you will go home hurting, in pain, and almost wishing you never went. That might even be the case after a couple of treatments. But after a number of sessions, that should start to turn around and you see the positive impact that PT does have.
Its a question of giving it some time.
Injections can be different, especially the ESIs. I have had countless, some worked, some did nothing. There really isnt a way to determine if the ESI is going to help you or not. Even when I did not get relief from the ESI, I went back for more... The injection route was a lot easier than going under the knife.
I know that with the Aroma therapy, it took almost 5 weeks before I started to notice a difference. I had to adjust the various essential oils to find the right one, then I needed to have the right music, etc. But now, even when I have a good flare up, I know I can turn to some Thai relaxation music and put a few drops of essential oil in the diffuser and within a couple of days, I am feeling better.
But to note, nothing is going to happen overnight.