What should I do If I think I have back pain?
- What Are the Symptoms of Back Pain?
- Back Pain Symptoms
- Chronic Back Pain
- Chronic Back Pain Symptoms
- Severe Chronic Back Pain
- Chronic Upper Back Pain
- Upper Back Pain Symptoms
- Upper Back Pain Types
- Chronic Middle Back Pain
- Chronic Low Back Pain
- Lower Back Pain Symptoms
- Acute Back Pain
- Acute & Chronic Back Pain
- What Should I Do If I Think I Have Back Pain?
- Back Pain Treatment
- Keyhole Spine Surgery Options at Laser Spine Institute
- Is Spinal Fusion Surgery Your Only Option?
- Chronic Back Pain Treatment
- Chronic Back Pain Management
- Back Pain Acupuncture
- Injections for Back Pain
- Back Pain Physical Therapy
- Back Pain Exercises
- Back Pain Surgery
- Upper Back Pain Treatment
- Upper Back Pain Exercises
- Lower Back Pain Treatment
- Lower Back Pain Causes and Treatments
- Acupuncture Low Back Pain
- Low Back Pain Chiropractic
- Low Back Pain Physical Therapy
- Lower Back Pain Exercises
- Low Back Pain Stretches
- Yoga Low Back Pain
- Alternative Treatments
- Risk Factors
Millions of people ask themselves the same question each day: “What should I do if I think I have 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 is impossible. Your initial course of action should be to take notes on your symptoms that detail the location, frequency and severity of your discomfort. Next, make an appointment with your primary care physician. He or she will review your medical history, perform a physical exam and likely order medical imaging tests to try and pinpoint the source of your pain.
Conservative treatment options
If your physician diagnosis 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, nonsurgical treatments, including:
- Hot and cold therapy
- Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs
- Low-impact exercises or physical therapy
- Behavior modification
- Alternative treatments like yoga, massage, or acupuncture
- Selective corticosteroid nerve block injections
These treatments are often effective for most degenerative spine conditions, but if your condition continues to worsen or is already severe, these treatments may not be enough to heal your pain.
Minimally invasive alternatives
If conservative treatment options prove ineffective and your physician suggests spine surgery for your neck and back pain, keep in mind that there are alternatives to a highly invasive traditional open spine surgery.
Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive spine surgery that uses state-of-the-art technology to address the source of your pain, without the increased risks that accompany traditional open spine surgery.
Every month, more people choose Laser Spine Institute to relieve their chronic neck and back pain than any other spine surgery provider in the world. Here’s why:
- Patient recommendation score of 97 out of 100^
- Be up and walking within a few hours of surgery^
- Less than a 1-inch incision
- Minimally invasive outpatient procedure
- Muscle-sparing techniques
Are you ready to find out if you’re a candidate for our minimally invasive procedures? Contact us for more information about our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures and for your no-cost MRI review.*