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, the most effective methods of treatment are typically conservative and do not require any surgery, depending on the severity of your condition. However, 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 doctor might order an MRI or CT scan to help diagnose the cause of your back pain. Once your spine condition has been diagnosed, you can collaborate with your doctor to create a conservative treatment plan to help relieve your pain and discomfort.
If you have any questions about the conservative treatments available as you research your options, please feel free to contact the dedicated team at Laser Spine Institute. Our goal is to provide patient-centered 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.
Types of treatment methods for back pain
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 doctor before beginning any type of treatment regimen for your back pain to ensure that the treatment is designed to help your specific spine condition.
The most common and effective forms of conservative treatment include:
- Pain medication
- Chiropractic care
- Physical therapy
- Low-impact exercises
- Hot and cold compresses
Most conservative treatments can be combined to help increase your pain relief. However, you should always consult your doctor 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 to help ease some of the pressure off the vertebrae. The best example of conservative therapies that meet these guidelines is 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. If you have tried several forms of conservative treatment without finding adequate relief, you may consider researching spine surgery to help alleviate your back pain and treat your spine condition.
Back pain treatments after conservative therapy
When most people think about spine surgery, they think about traditional open back surgery that often comes with an extended recovery time as well as high risks of infection and complication. At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a safer and 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 less than 1-inch incision.
Since 2005, we’ve helped more than 75,000 people find relief from debilitating spine conditions and we are confident that we can relieve your spine condition and get you back to the activities you have been missing out on. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient procedures, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.* We can help guide you to find relief from your chronic back pain.