Lower back pain treatment: what are your options?
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Lower back pain is often associated with an injury caused by improper lifting or sudden or uncontrolled movement but it can also result from natural spine degeneration related to aging. In either case, the lower back is so commonly affected because the lumbar (lower) spine bears the most weight and stress of any portion of the spine. Lower back pain treatment takes many forms with the best treatment option depending on factors including the cause and severity of your lower back pain.
Early stages of treatment
After diagnosing the root cause of lower back pain, your doctor can start you on a treatment plan that typically involves basic therapies. The goal of initial conservative treatment is to manage pain, reduce inflammation and promote healing. Examples of such steps are:
- Resting until you are able to resume movement and exercise
- Exercise that will help rehabilitate the injured area
- Application of heat or cold
- Use of pain or anti-inflammatory medications, both prescription and over-the-counter
- Physical therapy
Other lower back pain treatment options
Additionally, some patients elect to seek other treatment, such as acupuncture, herbal remedies or chiropractic adjustment, both to complement an existing plan or as an alternative if conventional therapy has not been effective. Make sure to consult your doctor before starting any kind of treatment to avoid measures that could worsen your condition or aren’t compatible with existing medications.
For some patients, their lower back pain is too severe or their condition is developing too aggressively for conservative treatments to work effectively. If your physician has determined that conservative treatment is not having an appropriate effect and that surgery is a real possibility, reach out to Laser Spine Institute, the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. We can treat lower back pain related to a degenerative spine condition on an outpatient basis. These procedures are often the clinically appropriate first choice and provide many advantages over traditional open neck or back surgery, including no lengthy recovery.^
For more information or to request a review of your MRI report or CT scan* to determine if you may be a candidate for one of our procedures, contact Laser Spine Institute today.