Pain management — treatment options to relieve chronic neck and back pain
Living with chronic neck and back pain can keep you from experiencing life with the boldness and ease you desire. Most of our patients at Laser Spine Institute have endured chronic neck and back pain for several years, leaving them hopeless and exhausted. We often hear stories from our patients about daily activities or hobbies that they can no longer do because of the local and radiating pain caused by common spinal conditions.
At Laser Spine Institute, we understand that chronic neck and back pain lessens your quality of life. Our goal is to help our patients find relief from this pain and recapture their lives.
Often, patients try several forms of pain management before coming to Laser Spine Institute. We believe in the value of educating our patients about the different pain management options available so you can make the best decision for your needs. Should you have any questions along the way, we welcome you to reach out to us so we can help you walk through the pain management process.
Understand your pain
The first — and most important — part of the pain management process is to understand your pain. At Laser Spine Institute, we are firm believers in educating our patients. If you know the anatomical reason for your chronic neck or back pain, you can find a solution to help alleviate that pain. Developing an understanding of the reason for your pain can ease any fear and uncertainty surrounding your discomfort. A careful assessment from your physician may reveal the primary source of pain to be localized to a particular body part with an injury or disease. There are several common spinal conditions that might cause localized pain in the neck or back or radiating pain in the arms or legs. Once you identify the source of your pain, you can start finding pain management solutions to help you regain your normal lifestyle.
We recommend that you schedule an appointment with your general physician to discuss any developing or chronic neck or back pain. If you have already obtained an MRI of your spine, we invite you to give us a call to discuss whether or not you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.
Conservative pain management methods
If you find that you have acute pain caused by a spinal condition, you should seek out conservative methods of pain management to see if you can alleviate your symptoms naturally. Conservative pain management is considered to be any nonsurgical treatment for your neck or back pain. Because these treatments are natural forms of pain management, the risk is low.
Some common conservative pain management methods to treat neck and back pain include:
- Chiropractic care
- Physical therapy
- Home exercises
- Neck and back massage
Low grade pain that does not affect quality of life may be easily managed with conservative treatments. However, if neck and back pain still persist after a series of conservative treatments, you should talk to your doctor about exploring other options for pain management.
Medicinal pain management methods
If your level of pain begins to affect your quality of life and work, and you are not finding lasting relief from conservative treatment, you should consider the use of medication to help relieve your symptoms. There are several options for medicinal pain management, ranging from daily medications to monthly injections. If you currently take narcotics for your neck or back pain, please be advised that the continual use of narcotics can create additional long-term problems and should be reserved for patients with a clear indication and need, based on medical analysis of your pain and regular review by your physician.
Some common medicinal treatment options for neck and back pain include:
- Epidural steroid injections
- Nerve block injections
- Soft tissue injections
- Prescriptions or muscle relaxers
- Topical pain relievers
Consult your general physician before beginning any medicinal pain management for neck or back pain.
Minimally invasive surgery treatment
If you have tried the conservative and medicinal pain management options for your chronic neck and back pain and you still do not have any relief from your symptoms, you might be a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.
Our minimally invasive spine surgery offers an alternative to traditional open back or open neck surgery. Most of our procedures are conducted through a less than 1-inch incision at the site of the pain. Because of the precision of our minimally invasive spine procedures, our surgeons are able to alleviate the radiating nerve pain in your spine without tearing surrounding muscles. This means that you will have less recovery time* and minimal scarring.
Most conservative and medicinal pain management options serve to do simply that — manage your pain. Our minimally invasive spine surgery doesn’t just stop at managing your pain. We go to the root of your spinal problem and aim to treat your pain at the source. Our goal is to relieve your spinal condition so you can return to enjoying your life without chronic neck or back pain.