Back pain — overview and treatment options
Over 80 percent of Americans experience back pain at some point in their lives. If you are one of the 80 percent of Americans with back pain, you understand the frustration of waking up every day with chronic pain. You understand the discouraging feeling of being hesitant to participate in activities because you don’t want to trigger a back pain episode for the next several days or weeks.
At Laser Spine Institute, we want you to know that we understand what you’re going through, and you’re not alone. So many of our patients suffered for eight to nine years with chronic pain before finding our treatment options. Our care team is devoted to helping each person find relief from neck or back pain, even if the treatment is not with us. As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, we’ve established great relationships with other spine care specialists in the nation and we can help guide you to the best spine care treatment option for your needs.
There are two routes of treatment for chronic neck and back pain: conservative treatments and surgical treatments. You should consult your general physician before beginning any pain treatment therapy for your neck or back. Your physician can help you prepare for your treatment and determine the methods of treatment that will work best for you based on your spine condition and medical history.
Conservative treatments for back pain
The first step to find pain relief from back pain is to seek conservative treatment methods. Conservative treatment refers to any treatment therapy that is non-invasive and non-surgical. The most common forms of conservative treatment for back pain include:
- Chiropractic care
- Physical therapy
- Pain medication
- Steroid epidurals
- Stretches and exercises
- Swimming and pool therapy
These conservative treatments can often be done in conjunction with one another to increase the effectiveness of the pain relief. Consult your physician before increasing your treatments, especially when pain medication and injections are involved in the treatment plan.
Surgical treatments for back pain
If you do not find lasting pain relief from conservative treatments, you may want to consider a surgical option to treat the cause of your back pain at its core.
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer, more effective alternative to traditional open back surgery. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is performed through a small, 1-inch incision and targets the root of the spine condition. Our techniques have earned us the recognition as leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Every year, more patients come to Laser Spine Institute for spine surgery than any other spine surgery facility in the world. We have helped over 50,000 people find relief from neck and back pain, and we are confident that we can help you, too. Call our care team today to learn more about the treatment options available to you.