It happens all the time: while moving sharply or lifting something heavy, you feel a spasm in your back. Maybe you can’t stand up straight afterward; perhaps it hurts for days or weeks. It could be a minor strain, or it could be a spinal injury – each condition produces some of the same symptoms, so it’s sometimes difficult to tell. While you can find myriad websites with information and advice, it’s important that you visit your physician if you really want to know how to treat a sore back.
There are some very basic reasons for this. First of all, it is difficult to ascertain what is causing lower back pain since the most common back problems share symptoms. Second, many common back injuries and ailments respond well to the kind of conservative, non-invasive treatments that your physician can recommend and, just as importantly, monitor and modify.
Non-invasive treatment options
Typical non-invasive treatment suggestions may include:
- Application of cold and/or heat to reduce pain and swelling
- Use of pain medication and/or anti-inflammatory drugs
- Rest, and perhaps immobilization, if movement is too painful, until normal exercise can resume
- Physical therapy
- Changes in lifestyle
Muscle and ligament injuries of the back will heal themselves over time if a patient follows a conservative plan diligently. Much depends on the details of the treatment regimen, which the physician must personalize according to a patient’s age, height, weight and other individual variables.
Other treatment options
Interestingly, many spine issues – such as herniated discs – will often heal after a month or two of such conservative therapy. There is, however, a portion of patients whose back problems will not respond without more involved treatment. In the event that your physician recommends surgery to address a spine problem, contact Laser Spine Institute. Our surgeons perform minimally invasive spine procedures to treat many common spine problems, and these procedures have fewer risks and shorter recovery periods than traditional open back surgery. To learn more, or to receive a review of your CT scan or MRI, contact Laser Spine Institute today.