If you suffer from back pain, explore alternative treatments

Millions of people have back pain, but very few are fully aware of all the alternative treatments available to them. Before you give up hope that you’ll ever find relief from your back pain, make sure you explore the variety of conservative, nonsurgical treatments available. These could include anything from holistic treatments to walking, swimming, over-the-counter pain medication or hot-cold compresses. Be sure to consult your doctor before attempting any treatment or regimen of diet or exercise, and always stop any activities that make your back pain worse.

Holistic options

Holistic medicine does not adhere to the standards or practices of conventional modern medicine. Instead, it focuses on the overall health of the body by obtaining emotional, physical and spiritual balance. You would be surprised by how effective these treatments can be, even for patients with severe back pain. Forms of holistic medicine include:

  • Yoga — an ancient practice of breathing and stretching that focuses on relaxation, flexibility and strength building.
  • Acupuncture and acupressure — the insertion of thin needles or manual pressure to various points along the skin. Ideally, the neural response to the needles or manual pressure redirects the pain signals being sent from your back, reducing discomfort.
  • Massage — also called bodywork, massage focuses on manipulating muscles and connective tissue to increase circulation, reduce stress and promote healing.

Additional treatment options

Alternative holistic treatments might not work for everyone who has back pain. If you have exhausted your holistic treatment options, your physician may suggest that you see a pain management specialist who can introduce you to prescription medication, ultrasound therapy, TENS, epidural steroid injections or pain patches. If these conservative, nonsurgical methods also fail to produce adequate results, your physician may then recommend surgery.

If you are considering surgery to treat your back pain, you understandably might hesitate to agree to open spine surgery which uses large incisions, several days of hospitalization and lengthy, arduous rehabilitations. Thanks to advancements in technology, a more minimally invasive approach is now available to some patients as safer and effective alternatives to traditional open spine surgeries. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer minimally invasive decompression and stabilization surgical options that are often the clinically appropriate first choice and provide many advantages versus open neck or back surgery, such as smaller incisions and faster recovery times. Contact us today for more information and to see if you could be a potential candidate.