Guide to Low Back Pain - Non-Surgical Treatment Options
Non-surgical Treatment Options
In the vast majority of cases, low back pain can be addressed through a wide range of non-surgical treatments. As is true with many medical problems, the same treatment option does not work consistently for the same problems. For example, for any two people with the identical herniated disc problem, one may find sufficient pain relief from an epidural steroid injection but no pain relief from chiropractic, and the second may find the opposite is true.
Chiropractic. This specialty focuses on the alignment of the spine and holds that dysfunction of the spine or vertebrae can affect other body systems, resulting in pain. Treatment often involves manual manipulation or adjustment of the spinal column. Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery. Certain other healthcare professionals also specialize in manual manipulation, such as some Doctors of Osteopathy or Physical Therapists.
Physical therapy. Physical therapists begin by testing and measuring strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration and motor function. Treatment typically consists of a customized exercise instruction designed to reduce pain and improve function. The patient’s progress is tracked throughout treatment with periodic examinations, and treatment is modified if the therapist deems necessary.
Injections. There are a wide ranges of injections designed to treat (and sometimes help diagnose) specific low back conditions. One common type of injection is an epidural steroid injection, which delivers steroids to decrease inflammation and the associated pain. Often an epidural steroid injection is used to provide immediate pain relief so that the patient may make progress with rehabilitation and physical therapy.
Pain medications are typically an integral part of many low back treatment programs.
There are a wide range of other possible pain treatment options, including therapeutic massage, water therapy, and acupuncture. Combinations of any of the aforementioned treatments may be used to give the patient as much relief as possible.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.