Steps to treating back pain

Most people will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Sometimes the pain goes away naturally, but other times it’s a signal of something more serious. Back pain causes can vary, which makes self-diagnosing impossible. If you are wondering what to do if you think you have back pain, an initial course of action should be to take notes on your symptoms that detail the location, frequency and severity of your discomfort.

The next step is to make an appointment with your primary care doctor. He or she will review your medical history, perform a physical exam and likely order medical imaging tests, such as an MRI or CT scan, to try and pinpoint the source of your pain. Read on to learn more about the course of action you should take if you are suffering from back pain.

Conservative treatment options for back pain

If your doctor diagnoses a degenerative spine condition, such as a herniated disc, bulging disc, bone spurs, spinal stenosis, spinal arthritis or spondylolisthesis, he or she will probably first prescribe conservative treatments, including:

  • Hot and cold therapy
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Low-impact exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Behavior modification
  • Alternative treatments like yoga, massage or acupuncture
  • Selective nerve root block

These treatments are often effective for most degenerative spine conditions, but if your condition is already severe or continues to worsen after several weeks or months, these nonsurgical treatments may not be enough to heal your pain.

Minimally invasive alternatives for back pain

If conservative treatment options prove ineffective and your doctor suggests spine surgery for your neck and back pain, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our safer and effective alternatives to a highly invasive traditional open spine surgery.^ Our procedures address the source of your pain, without the increased risks that accompany traditional open spine surgery.^

Here are some advantages that make Laser Spine Institute the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery:

  • Patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100^
  • Be up and walking within a few hours of surgery^
  • Small incision
  • Minimally invasive outpatient procedure
  • Muscle-sparing techniques
  • No-lengthy recovery^
  • Patient satisfaction score of 96^

At Laser Spine Institute, we’ve helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain. To find out if you’re a candidate for our minimally invasive procedures, reach out to our dedicated team for a no-cost MRI review* as well as more information about our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures.