Back pain treatment — nonsurgical and conservative treatment options
There are several treatment options available to help relieve chronic back pain. While some methods involve spine surgery, most effective methods of treatment are conservative and do not require any surgery. In fact, most patients find pain relief from their chronic back pain with conservative therapies and never have to consider back surgery.
If you are suffering from chronic back pain, do not be concerned that spinal surgery is your only option for pain relief. You should schedule an appointment with your physician to discuss your back pain and other related symptoms. Your physician might order an MRI test to help diagnose the cause of your back pain. Once your spine condition has been diagnosed, you can collaborate with your physician to create a conservative treatment plan to help relieve your back pain.
If you have any questions about the conservative treatments available as you research your options, please feel free to reach out to our care team at Laser Spine Institute. Our goal is to provide patient-focused care, which means we will teach you about your spine condition and the treatment options available to you so you can make an informed decision about your spine care needs. We are here to help guide you to find relief from your chronic back pain.
Types of conservative treatment methods
There are several types of conservative treatment methods to help relieve back pain. Each treatment method is designed to relieve pain caused by specific spine conditions. It is important that you consult your physician before beginning any type of treatment regimen for your back pain to ensure that the treatment is designed to help treat your specific spine condition.
The most common and effective forms of conservative treatment include:
- Chiropractic care
- Physical therapy
- Yoga for back pain
- Hot and cold compresses
- Pain medication
- Swimming and water therapy
Most conservative treatments can be combined to help increase your pain relief. However, you should always consult your physician before you combine any treatment options to make sure you are not going to overwork your muscles and cause more pain.
The method behind conservative therapy
Most mild spine conditions result from either misalignment of the spine or continual compression of the spine. Conservative methods of treatment aim to fix both of those causes by realigning the spine and strengthening the surrounding muscles of the spine to help ease some of the pressure off of the vertebrae.
The best example of conservative therapies that meet these guidelines are chiropractic care and physical therapy — two treatment methods often done in conjunction with each other.
Chiropractic care works to lengthen and realign the spine by precise spinal manipulation. During the spinal manipulation, the chiropractor will adjust the spine to move the vertebrae and disc in the proper alignment and then stretch the spine to decompress any impacted nerves and help reverse any damage caused by spinal compression.
Once the chiropractor moves everything in proper alignment, the physical therapist works to strengthen the muscles in the core and surrounding the spine to provide extra support to the spine in order to prevent future compression and to hold everything in the right alignment.
Treatments after conservative therapy
If you have tried several forms of conservative treatment to no avail, you may consider researching spine surgery to help alleviate your back pain and treat your spine condition.
When most people think about spine surgery, they think about traditional open back surgery that often comes with an extended recovery time and several risk factors. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer, more effective alternative to traditional open back surgery. Our minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery treat spine conditions without cutting through or impacting any muscles or soft tissues in the back. In fact, our decompression procedures are performed through a small, 1-inch incision.
Over the last several years, we’ve helped more than 75,000 people find relief from neck and back pain. We are confident we can treat your spine condition and help you get back to the life you want.