Back pain — overview and treatment options
It is estimated that more than 80 percent of Americans experience back pain at some point in their lives. If you are one of these people and your pain has become chronic, you understand the frustration of dealing with it on a daily basis. Back pain and related symptoms can make you hesitant to participate in activities because you don’t want to trigger a painful episode.
At Laser Spine Institute, we want you to know that we understand what you’re going through and you’re not alone. Many of our patients suffered for years with chronic pain before finding our treatment options. Our caring team is devoted to helping each person find relief from neck or back pain, even if the treatment is not with us. As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, we’re working to establish relationships with other spine care specialists in the nation and we can help guide you to the best spine care treatment option for your needs.
There are two routes of treatment for chronic neck and back pain: conservative treatments and surgical treatments. You should consult your doctor before beginning any pain treatment therapy for your neck or back. He or she can help you prepare for your treatment and determine the methods that will work best for you based on your spine condition and medical history.
Conservative treatments for back pain
The first step to find pain relief from back pain is to see your doctor for a diagnosis and a treatment plan. Causes of back pain range from muscle strain to degenerative spine conditions like a herniated disc or spinal arthritis. In most cases, the first step after diagnosis is typically to pursue conservative treatment methods. Conservative treatment refers to therapies that are nonsurgical in nature. The most common forms of conservative treatment for back pain include:
- Chiropractic care
- Physical therapy
- Pain medication
- Epidural steroid injections
- Stretches and exercises
- Swimming and pool therapy
These conservative treatments can often be done in conjunction with one another to increase the effectiveness of the pain relief. Work closely with your doctor to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that is best for your specific condition and medical history.
Surgical treatments for back pain
If you do not find lasting pain relief from conservative treatments and you have been diagnosed with a spine condition as the underlying source of symptoms, surgery can start to become a serious consideration.
At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back procedures.^ Our minimally invasive spine surgery is performed through a less than 1-inch incision that allows for an outpatient procedure. Since 2005, we have helped more than 75,000 people find relief from neck and back pain at our state-of-the-art outpatient facilities across the United States. Call our dedicated team today to learn more about the treatment options available to you.
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