If you suffer from chronic neck or back pain, alternative treatments are available

Chronic neck and back pain related to a spine condition can be extremely disruptive to your life. The debilitating pain and other symptoms can take you away from your family, job and your favorite hobbies. If conventional treatments like medication, physical therapy, hot/cold therapy and even epidural steroid injections have not relieved symptoms, you may think that surgery is your only option.

In this situation, some patients will turn to alternative treatment options that are outside the medical mainstream to find relief before turning to surgery. While there is not enough evidence for medical doctors to fully support these methods, some people do report an improvement in their symptoms, especially when combined with more conventional therapies.

Types of alternative treatments for chronic pain relief

Alternative treatments can take a variety of forms. Some can be performed at home, while others require the supervision of medical specialists. No matter what types of treatments you choose, always check with your physician before integrating alternative therapies into your treatment plan.

Common alternative treatments for chronic neck and back pain include:

  • Acupuncture. This treatment is rooted in traditional Chinese medicine and involves the insertion of thin needles in specific areas throughout the body. It is believe to relieve pain by releasing endorphins and facilitating blood flow.
  • Restorative yoga. The gentle stretching, strengthening and focus on mindful breathing offered by yoga helps many people with chronic pain manage their symptoms.
  • Therapeutic massage. A licensed massage therapist can relieve tense muscles to take some pressure off the spine.
  • Herbal medicine. Some natural remedies, such as turmeric, are believed to have pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties.

Minimally invasive procedures for chronic pain

If you and your primary doctor have decided that conservative and alternative treatments have been fully exhausted and you still haven’t found relief from chronic pain, you may be asked to consider surgery for your chronic spine pain. If you are exploring your surgical options, reach out to Laser Spine Institute today. Our minimally invasive spine surgery is often the clinically appropriate surgical first choice and provides many advantages over traditional open neck or back surgery.

To date, we’ve been able to help more than 75,000 people find relief from neck and back pain. Contact us today to learn more and to request a review of your MRI report or CT scan at no cost* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.