Natural pain relievers
In recent years, natural pain relievers have started to become a popular alternative to traditional medicine. While these natural and herbal remedies have not been fully accepted by the mainstream medical community, many patients report finding relief by implementing them into their treatment plan. Some people find that consuming certain supplements can help minimize pain in the short term, and natural anti-inflammatories can also be beneficial as part of a balanced diet. If you decide to pursue natural pain relievers, it is important to stay in close partnership with your doctor to make sure any remedies you attempt are compatible with your existing treatment.
Examples of natural pain relievers
Some of the most common natural pain relievers include:
- Fish oil — contains essential omega-3 fatty acids
- Olive oil — natural anti-inflammatory
- Blueberries and cherries — antioxidant properties
- Glucosamine — may reduce pain in arthritic joints
- Devil’s claw — known for relieving back pain
- Spearmint, peppermint and wintergreen oils — popular pain relievers
- Ginger — has anti-inflammatory properties
- Curry spice — contains anti-inflammatory properties
Using natural remedies for neck and back pain
Holistic treatments, such as natural pain relievers, are often attempted to help relieve neck and back pain caused by degenerative spine conditions such as a bulging disc, a herniated disc, bone spurs or other forms of spinal degeneration. However, for lasting relief, it is recommended to partner with your doctor to develop a comprehensive treatment plan including physical therapy, lifestyle changes and conventional medicine.
Often, patients dealing with spine conditions are able to find long-term relief that allows for a return to normal activities by pursuing nonsurgical treatments, which may include natural pain relievers. Although generally a last-resort treatment, spine surgery is often considered by patients dealing with chronic symptoms that have lasted for months or longer that are no longer responding to conservative treatments. For patients considering their surgical options, Laser Spine Institute is pleased to provide minimally invasive spine surgery on an outpatient basis.
If you are looking for treatment options for neck or back pain related to a spine condition, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more. We are happy to provide a free MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.