Whether you experience occasional back pain or live in chronic discomfort, your spine specialist can recommend a treatment for you based on the severity and characteristics of your pain. While spine surgery may be necessary for some patients and their conditions, advances in medicine and technology now allow for a variety of non-surgical treatment options to effectively manage back pain. If you are ready to overcome your back pain, talk to your spine specialist today for more information about non-invasive procedures and treatment options.
Physical Medicine Pain Treatments
Physical medicine pain treatment, also known as physical therapy, is often recommended for individuals suffering from mechanical back pain, which can be caused by spine joint inflammation or a sprain of the muscles and ligaments. Physical therapy includes a number of modalities including exercise, traction, hot and cold, massage, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation, and your spine specialist can recommend the course of treatment best suited for you.
There are a number of pain medications that may be used alone or in conjunction with another pain management treatment method to alleviate back pain. Common medications your doctor may prescribe include acetaminophens, antihistamines, narcotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, ointments, and steroids.
Epidural Steroid Injections
Delivering a combination of local anesthetic and steroid medications to the area around the affected spinal nerves, epidural steroid injections are commonly used to treat back pain. These injections are usually performed using live x-ray technology to ensure that the medication reaches the targeted spinal region.
Medial Branch Blocks
If your back pain is caused by facet nerves or facet joins, ask your physician about a medial branch nerve block. A combination of steroids and anesthetics, these injections help to manage pain by temporarily interrupting the pain signal before it reaches your brain and causes the sensation of pain.
The only way to determine which treatment option is the right one for you is to consult with an experienced neurosurgeon. The founder of Kraus Back and Neck Institute, Dr. Gary Kraus is a leading Houston neurosurgeon specializing in spine health, spine surgery, and non-surgical spine treatments. For more information, please visit us online or call us today at (888) 816-8954 to schedule a consultation.