Chronic pain treatment

Any continuous pain that lasts longer than three months is generally considered to be chronic pain. Chronic pain in the spine often develops slowly and continues, despite home remedies like rest and hot/cold compresses.

If you’ve recognized this type of pain in your neck or back, it’s important to schedule a visit to your primary doctor to discuss chronic pain treatment options. Treatment will vary depending on the symptoms, location and severity of your discomfort, but it often begins with conservative, nonsurgical therapies.

Discussing chronic pain treatment with your doctor

Chronic pain in the neck and back can be especially hard to diagnose because degenerative spine conditions like herniated discs, bulging discs or bone spurs can have similar symptoms. These symptoms develop from pinched nerves and often include pain, numbness and/or muscle weakness in the neck or back.

Your doctor will likely recommend a medical imaging test, such as an MRI or CT scan, to better determine what is causing your symptoms and to make an accurate recommendation for chronic pain treatment.

Conservative methods of chronic pain treatment

Once your doctor diagnoses the cause of your pain, he or she will likely recommend a series of conservative, nonsurgical chronic pain treatment options. Your physician may suggest a regimen of physical therapy, hot-cold therapy, diet changes, pain medication, gentle stretching and/or low-impact exercises.

Chronic pain management may also involve more targeted relief methods, including:

  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • TENS treatment
  • Transdermal analgesic pain patches

Conservative treatments often take a couple months before a significant decrease in pain and symptoms can be felt.

Alternative options

If months of conservative treatment does not provide you with lasting pain relief, your physician may recommend spine surgery.

Before you begin researching traditional open back surgery options performed at a hospital, research an alternative with a shorter recovery time^ — the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute.

Contact Laser Spine Institute today for a no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery. We can help you find your available treatment options so you can take the next step toward pain relief.