Not everyone with back pain needs surgery or treatments for chronic pain. In fact, many people could alleviate these pains through non-surgical treatments.

 

Before considering other treatment options such as surgery or therapies to alleviate chronic pain, your doctor will recommend non-surgical treatments as a first option, which may include specialized exercise, physical therapy, chiropractic care, or medications.

Another option that can help you is epidural injections into the spine.

Learn more about these treatments below:

 

CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT

 

Chiropractors treat back pain by trying to improve joint and nervous system function through spinal adjustments. Consider them as another ally on your path to recovery.

 

How can the chiropractor help me?

 

Chiropractors often offer a variety of adjustment methods. Still, the theory behind these successful chiropractic treatments is to realign the spine to release pressure on the spinal nerves, restoring the spinal nerve’s natural function throughout the body. As such, chiropractors believe that a “well-aligned” body is simpler to maintain in a natural balanced state, which is why it will have less pain and less instability. Currently, chiropractic care includes electrical stimulation, diathermy, ultrasound, and a wide variety of therapies, but the main objective remains the alignment or manual adjustment of the spine.

 

PHYSIOTHERAPY

 

Physiotherapy is an effective treatment alternative for many people who suffer from back pain. It involves working with physiotherapists trained to follow your doctor’s advice regarding stretching, muscle strengthening, and back exercises safely and effectively. In addition, your physiotherapist must be up to date with medical knowledge so that you can feel 100% confident of your recovery and that you can move forward.

 

How can a physiotherapist help me?

 

Physiotherapists can teach basic knowledge of physiology and anatomy, instruct you on correct postures and body mechanics, stretching, conditioning, and strengthening exercises. A physiotherapist works with your doctor to find if other non-surgical treatments (heat, ultrasound, transcutaneous electrical stimulation, diathermy, hydrotherapy, electrical stimulation, spinal manipulation, or massage) are right for you.

 

EPIDURAL INJECTIONS

 

Epidural injections are one of several non-surgical treatments to relieve acute or chronic back pain.

When spinal nerves become inflamed or irritated due to specific degenerative conditions in the spine that can pinch a nerve (such as stenosis or herniated discs ), the result can be severe acute or chronic back pain. Moreover, pain can cause muscle weakness bloating that extends to other body parts, such as the buttocks, hips, or legs.

 

What are Epidural Injections, and how do they work?

 

An epidural injection involves releasing medication directly into the area around the irritated spinal nerves causing the pain. This area is called the epidural space and is the area around the sheath-shaped protective membrane called the dura mater, which covers the spinal nerves and their roots.

An epidural injection is not considered a “cure” for symptoms associated with spinal compression. Instead, it is considered a treatment “tool” that doctors can use when the underlying cause of the problem is treated through rehabilitation programs such as physical therapy or exercise or while you are considering new treatment options.

Talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks of epidural injections.

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Am I Seeing the Right Doctor?

 

Relief from your back pain can only be obtained by contacting appropriate medical professionals and being honest when discussing your condition.

To find the right type of doctor, look for someone who can offer you a wide variety of options for treating your back pain or chronic pain. If your doctor is unable or unwilling to provide more options for your treatment, ask them to refer you to a pain specialist.

 

Dr. Munish Lal, Pain Control Specialist

 

Pain control specialists are primarily concerned with improving your quality of life. However, by working closely with other specialists who are following up, the physician in charge of pain management will coordinate your care, including diagnosing the causes of your chronic pain or back pain, as well as determining the correct treatment options. Call now to book an appointment with Dr. Munish Lal.

 

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