Pain medication — herbal medication to relieve neck and back pain
Herbal medicine is a conservative and natural way to reduce back pain caused by a spine condition or injury. Researchers have studied the pain relief qualities found in many natural herbs, such as the ginger, feverfew and turmeric herbal medications described in the following article. It has been found that herbal medicine has an effective impact on pain relief in the lower back and spine.
If you are suffering from chronic pain, consult your doctor about a natural form of medication to treat your back pain. In some cases, herbal medicine can be combined with other forms of conservative treatments, such as physical therapy and yoga, to help enhance your pain relief. Your doctor will help you determine the best form of herbal medicine to take based on your spine condition, symptoms and overall health.
As you research natural alternatives to relieve back pain, we encourage you to contact our team at Laser Spine Institute. Our procedures offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.^ We aim to provide patient-centered care by informing you about your spine condition and the available treatment options for you, both conservative and surgical, so you can make the best decision for your needs and your lifestyle.
Benefits of herbal medicine for back pain
There are several types of natural herbal medications that can be used to treat back pain. While each type of herbal medication has different properties, almost all of the options help to reduce inflammation and pain. The most common forms and benefits of herbal medication for back pain include:
- Ginger. Ginger contains a natural substance called phytochemicals, which works to decrease inflammation in muscles and joints. Phytochemicals can be found naturally in ginger extract.
- Feverfew. While commonly used to reduce headaches, feverfew is an herbal medicine that can reduce the negative impact of arthritis. Many degenerative spine conditions that result in pain and stiffness are caused by arthritis of the spine. Some patients have found that taking feverfew helps to reduce the back pain associated with their spinal arthritis.
- Turmeric. Much like feverfew and ginger combined, turmeric helps to reduce inflammation and the negative effects of arthritis due to the chemical known as curcumin found in its properties. People with gallbladder disease should consult a doctor before taking turmeric.
There are several other herbal medications that help with back pain, as well. For example, ginseng is said to help with fibromyalgia and St. John’s wort helps with sciatica pain and arthritis. Always consult your doctor before trying any type of pain treatment, even natural herbal medicine. Some herbal medications have side effects that you should consider before beginning the treatment plan.
Treatment options after herbal medication for back pain
If you have tried herbal medication and other conservative treatment for back pain and have found no lasting relief after several weeks or months, you may want to consider a surgical option for pain relief. For instance, at Laser Spine Institute, we have helped thousands of patients reclaim their lives from chronic neck and back pain each year, and we are confident we can help you find relief.
Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive spine surgery to treat most degenerative spine conditions. The minimally invasive surgery performed at our state-of-the-art facilities offers a shorter recovery period and a lower risk of complication compared to traditional open spine surgery.^
Our board-certified+ surgeons use a small incision that is muscle sparing to perform minimally invasive decompression and stabilization surgery, depending on the location and severity of the spine condition. To find out if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient surgery, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.*