How is Lower Back Pain Treated?

Lower back pain can interfere with your day to day activities. It can even cause you to lose sleep. By treating pain effectively in a way that it is not likely to return, you can find the relief you need. We offer a wide range of back pain treatments to address pain from a number of causes. In some cases, non-surgical treatments can be extremely effective. In others, surgery might be necessary to correct the underlying issue and resolve back pain.

Non-Surgical Treatments

Non-surgical treatments are always the first line of attack when it comes to taking on back pain. We will use more aggressive treatments as called for to relieve your pain. Common non-surgical treatments for back pain include:

  • Rest. Sometimes, the best treatment for back pain is to avoid the movements that cause pain. Complete bed rest is often counterproductive. People should keep to their normal activities as much as possible. Studies show that keeping with your normal movements can give you better back flexibility, as well as better muscle tone.
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises. These exercises can help relieve back pain and prevent it from reoccurring in the future.
  • Acupuncture. This treatment has been shown to effectively treat back pain and stiffness.
  • Hot and cold therapy. Both ice packs and heating pads can provide pain relief at different times. Ice packs relieve inflammation and can numb areas where there is pain. Heating pads or other sources of heat can increase blood flow and can relax tense and painful muscles.
  • Medications. Analgesics and anti-inflammatory medications can both relieve pain. We work with you carefully to ensure that any medications are taken safely. In some cases, other medications can be helpful. Muscle relaxers can help relieve muscle spasms and tension that lead to pain. Anticonvulsant medications can be useful when treating radicular pain. Tricyclic antidepressants can sometimes be helpful for pain relief.
  • Nerve block therapies. In these therapies, injections of local anesthetics, steroids or other medications stop the transmission of pain. These require locating the precise nerves that are involved in your condition.
  • Epidural steroid injections. These are effective for short-term pain relief of conditions like sciatica or spinal stenosis.
  • Lumbar Sympathetic Block. This treatment involves injections of local anesthetic using x-ray guidance. It blocks the sympathetic nerves that run from your lower back into your leg.
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). TENS units send electrical signals that can help block pain signals.

Surgical Treatments

In some cases, non-surgical options cannot effectively treat or prevent lower back pain. In some cases, chronic conditions need to be corrected with the assistance of surgery. In others, conditions can be more effectively treated with the help of surgically implanted devices. A few of the types of surgery that can be effective for back pain:

  • Neuromodulation/Spinal Cord Stimulation. Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) interrupts the pain signals being sent from the nerves in your lower back to your brain. A small device is implanted by your spine. When it is turned on, it sends an electrical signal that interrupts pain signals and keeps them from being sent to your brain.
  • Discectomy. When the material in a spinal disc is pressing on a nerve root, a discectomy can provide relief. This procedure involves removing a small amount of the material from inside the disc.
  • Laminectomy. This surgery is performed to relieve pain and pressure caused by spinal stenosis. It is one of the most common types of back surgery performed for this condition. It can also effectively treat herniated discs and spinal injuries.
  • Spinal fusion. This is a surgery that involves fusing two or more vertebrae together. This procedure is usually only used when other methods of treating serious, chronic back pain have been unsuccessful.

Summing Up

You do not need to live in pain. There are a wide range of treatments available to tackle your pain. We work with every patient individually to create a customized treatment plan that fits their symptoms, their general level of health and their lifestyle. Have you been living with chronic pain? Call for an appointment today. We can find the right diagnosis for the cause of your pain and craft the ideal treatment plan for you.