Treatments for Back Pain

Treatments for Back Pain

  • Back Pain Treatment Options

Back Pain Treatment Options

Back pain usually goes away with rest and home remedies. However, medications may be needed if it persists for a long time.  

Read more about available treatments and if you are looking for non-surgical options or options that don’t include opioids Carolinas Pain Center is the best place to receive the wide array of treatments available. Our back pain specialists will ensure you receive the most effective options for your current diagnosis after reviewing your MRI findings and any other imaging you can provide.

Lower back pain may be linked to the discs between the vertebrae, bony lumbar spine, ligaments around the spine and discs, spinal cord and nerves, lower back muscles, abdominal and pelvic internal organs, and the skin around the lumbar area.  Pain in the upper back may be due to disorders of the aorta, tumors in the chest, and spine inflammation.

Treatment Options

Home remedies: 

Medical treatment: 

If home treatments fail to relieve back pain, a physician may prescribe some medications along with physical therapy. Some commonly used medicine to treat back pain are:   

Physical therapy such as applying heat, ice, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation, and some muscle-release techniques also help get rid of back pain.  

If simple medications and physical therapy fail to relieve back pain, here are the following options:  

  • Cortisone injections 
  • Botox (botulism toxin)
  • Traction 
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) 

Alternative therapies:  

These therapies may be used alongside conventional treatments or separately. These therapies include:  

  • Chiropractic practices  
  • Osteopathy  
  • Yoga  
  • Acupuncture 
  • Shiatsu 
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) 

Surgery

Surgical options are utilized only as a last resort. These options are:  

References 

 

  • Hong, J. Y., Song, K. S., Cho, J. H., & Lee, J. H. (2017). An Updated Overview of Low Back Pain Management in Primary Care. Asian spine journal, 11(4), 653–660. https://doi.org/10.4184/asj.2017.11.4.653 
  • Alvarez, J. A., & Hardy, R. H., Jr (1998). Lumbar spine stenosis: a common cause of back and leg pain. American family physician, 57(8), 1825–1840. 

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