With 2/3rds of Americans experiencing back pain at some point in their lives, it’s a common problem and one which costs us a tremendous amount of lost productivity.
Back pain can be unbearable and when left untreated, it can incapacitate you. Just the fear of the pain involved is enough to immobilize you.
So, has your back pain become too much to bear? Are you missing work and bowing out of social occasions to rest your back and get a break from the pain? Then the answer may be “yes”. Read on to unpack the question further.
Surgery Is a Last Resort
It needs to be understood that surgery represents a trauma to the body. While it’s often the case that surgery resolves the pain problem, it’s not the first thing your doctor’s going to suggest.
A responsible physician is going to steer you toward non-invasive solutions. Many find effective pain relief in conservative alternatives. Let’s review some of them.
- Physical therapy: A physical therapist will design a program of physical rehabilitation for your unique needs, including stretching and other targeted exercises to enhance your flexibility, strength and stability. You’ll also learn when to apply ice and heat. Often, physical therapy includes treatments like electric stimulation.
- Acupuncture: The ancient practice of acupuncture follows energy meridians in the body, strategically placing ultrafine needles in specific areas. One of the leading weapons in the war on back pain, an acupuncture session can relief pain for between several hours and several weeks. Acupuncture also releases healing and analgesic substances in the body to reduce pain.
- Massage: Medical massage serves to relax muscles, imparting a sense of wellbeing. Pain is reduced through manual manipulation. Especially effective when used in concert with other therapies, a sole massage each week for a period of 10 weeks has been demonstrated to reduce symptoms and help patients remain active.
- Visiting a pain specialist: A dedicated pain specialist gauges your pain and function levels, then creates a plan of treatment. The other therapeutic alternatives discussed here may be combined with drug therapy. Epidural injections of steroids or nerve blocks may also be deployed.
Consult with Your Doctor
If your back pain has become too much to bear, it’s imperative that you consult with your doctor. Now that you know a little about these alternative treatments, your doctor can discuss them with you.
By trying one treatment at a time, you’ll be better able to discern what’s working and what’s not. You may discover that one specific treatment model works for you.
But if your pain is disabling you and impeding your ability to enjoy life, it’s time to make an appointment and get started on the path to healing.
Spine Consult NJ
At Spine Consult NJ we’re spine specialists, treating all conditions affecting this crucial physical structure.
We tailor care to individual patients, drawing on a network of clinical professionals offering treatments ranging from conservative to surgical.
Our goal is to improve quality of life and relieve pain. Contact us about that back pain.