When back pain lasts for three months or longer it is referred to as ‘Chronic Back Pain’. The pain may not be constant and can come and go. There could be a number of reasons for chronic back pain from injury to age-related deterioration. At times you may not be able to pinpoint the exact cause. In these situations, doctors will aim to make the pain manageable and avoid flare-ups. These are some of the Non-surgical treatment options for chronic back pain.
1. Physical Therapy: We all know the importance of exercise in our lives. Physical therapy is when you are given exercises that are very specific to your medical condition. They are well-researched exercises that will help relieve your pain and not cause any further damage. When it comes to chronic back pain doctors may suggest core strengthening and aerobic exercises. They may also suggest some kinds of stretching exercises. If the situation is more severe they may give you exercises that will help change your posture.
2. Spinal Injections: Spinal injections are used to deliver medication directly to the area that is affected. They can also be used to identify which area is affected. For example if an area is injected and the patient feels temporary relief, it can be assumed that the injected area is where the pain originates from.
There are a various kinds of spinal injections ranging from nerve blocks to epidural steroid injections. Injections are not long-term solutions for chronic back pain but can be very helpful.
3. Medication: Some medication may be prescribed to help you manage the pain. These could include anti-inflammatory tablets and muscle relaxants. Only take medication that your doctor prescribes. Medication provides temporary relief and cannot cure chronic back pain.
4. Keeping the Mind Strong: Chronic back pain is more than just a physical pain. It can be extremely stressful for the patient. Irritability, aggravation, annoyance and depression are just a few ways in which it can affect your mind. In order to fight chronic back pain successfully, the patient needs to keep the mind strong. For this doctors may recommend yoga, meditation or other such relaxation techniques. You may even be assigned a psychologist through the treatment.
5. Changes in Diet: What you eat affects your body more than you realize. Many foods especially those that are processed or high in refined sugars can contribute to your chronic back pain. Even if you eat home-cooked food on a regular basis, your doctor may wish to examine your diet plan and suggest changes. If you are on the heavier side, it is recommended that you attempt to lose weight as this can reduce pressure on your spine in the long run.
6. Listening to Your Body: This may sound obvious but how often do we really do it? If you’re working at a desk, how often do you get up and walk around? If you are doing something that requires you to bend or hunch, how often do you stop doing it to stretch for a moment? We often get so engrossed in our task that we ignore the signs our body sends us. As part of your treatment for chronic back pain, you will need to be doubly careful about these things. It may involve a few lifestyle modifications for you as well. Maybe you won’t be able to play with your child as much as you used to or walk the dog. Treatment for chronic back pain involves being mindful and aware. If you are a smoker, quitting is highly recommended.
At times alternative treatments like laser therapy, massages and acupuncture may also be suggested. As you can see, there are a number of non-surgical ways chronic back pain can be treated. We at Spinalogy specialize in this. We may suggest a combination of the above mentioned treatment options or other methods as well. Don’t let your back pain debilitate you. Visit Spinalogy for an expert opinion.
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