Acupuncture has become very popular in the United States as a treatment for many illnesses and symptoms, including low back pain. This treatment method was originally developed in China, over 2000 years ago, and has become a common method for relieving pain and other symptoms in this country.
If you have scoliosis and are still growing, a brace can help halt the progression of your spinal curve.
If you have scoliosis with a spinal curve of about 25 to 40 degrees and are still growing, your doctor may recommend that you wear a brace. The purpose of wearing the brace is to keep the curve in your spine from getting worse as you continue to grow; however, it’s usually not intended to reduce the amount of curve you already have.
Chiropractors that specialize in the treatment of low back pain attempt to improve the function of the joints and the nervous system by adjusting vertebral subluxations. Manual spinal adjustments are the key to chiropractic treatment, and in fact, the word "chiropractor" is derived from the two Greek words "cheiros" and "praktikos" which together mean "done by hand".
An epidural spinal injection is a non-surgical treatment option that may provide either short- or long-term relief of radiating back pain.
When spinal nerves become irritated or inflamed due to a degenerative condition in the spine that is causing nerve compression, such as a herniated disc or spinal stenosis, the result may be severe acute or chronic back pain, as well as pain, numbness and muscle weakness that extends elsewhere into the body, such as the hips, buttocks or legs. Before your doctor considers spine surgery to relieve these symptoms, he or she will most likely recommend one or more non-surgical treatment measures. An epidural spinal injection is one of these options.
Regular exercise is an essential part of having a healthy back. In the treatment of back pain, almost every healthcare provider agrees that exercise plays an important role in recovery. Every day we make demands on our bodies that can stress our backs. It's a well known fact that the more fit you are, and the stronger your back is, the more easily your body can deal with the stress and strain of every day activity.
A facet joint injection, or facet block, is a non-surgical procedure in which a combination anesthetic/steroid is delivered directly into a facet joint in the spine that may be causing back or neck pain. The purpose of the anesthetic is to ease the pain; the steroid to relieve inflammation. The effects of the injection may be temporary or permanent, and the procedure also may be used as a diagnostic tool to determine whether the facet joint is the cause of the pain.
To help alleviate back or neck pain and other symptoms that may be caused by spinal disorders or spinal instability, there are a variety of medications your doctor may prescribe.
In the use of medicine to treat chronic low back pain physicians are advised to consider the specific needs of the patient when prescribing and scheduling these medications. The goal when prescribing medication to chronic pain patients should be to derive maximum benefits or reduction of pain and discomfort, encourage compliance and minimize the risk of overuse or abuse of the medications.
Physical therapy is an important treatment option for most back pain sufferers. A physical therapist is trained to carry out your doctor's orders to stretch, strengthen, and exercise your back in a safe and effective way. It is important that physical therapy is coupled with education, so that patients can be empowered to take charge of their own recovery.