Pain Treatments Health Center
Treatments for back pain vary widely. And because of that, it's important to understand all of your options up front. Whether you choose to use over-the-counter pain relievers, physical therapy, a minimally invasive procedure like microdisectomy or more extensive surgery such as anterior/posterior lumbar fusion, knowing about each treatment extensively will help speed up recovery. It's your pain we're trying to help alleviate.
The more knowledgeable you are, the more comfortable you will be participating in your treatment and recovery.
Less traditional treatments like acupuncture, alexander technique, and pneumatic vests can be used to treat back or neck pain.
Rather than a spinal fusion surgery, an artificial disc replacement also removes the pain from disc movement without a loss in motion.
Chiropractic treatment may include physiologic theraputics, exercise, nutrition, and posture along with the traditional spine adjustments.
Different tests may be performed in the process of diagnosing back or neck pain, including imaging studies, physical evaluations, or specialized injections.
The application of heat or cold to painful areas of the body can speed up healing or reduce inflammation.
For progressing pain or pain that does not resolve with conservative treatment, surgery is often considered to relieve neck or back pain when the precise cause of the pain is known.
Steroid injections are used to reduce inflammation and pressure on a nerve within a joint. Other injections affect the nerves directly or tissues around the nerve.
There are many modalities for reducing pain, such as cold laser therapy, electrotherapy, and other methods of reducing pain rather than directly address the cause of the pain.
There are many types of medications that are used with back pain patients - analgesics, anti-inflammatories, narcotics, and anti-depressants are a few.
Added strength in the structures supporting the spine can reduce the pressure within the discs or joints in the spine. Physical therapy targets specific muscles to help recovery from back pain.
When joint movement within the spine is contributing to pain, fusing the vertebrae together stops the motion, with the intent of removing the pain.
There are many specialists who treat back pain, including surgeons, chiropractors, physiatrists, physical therapists, and others.