Back Pain Treatment: What Are Your Options?
Back pain is one of the most common pain conditions among Americans, affecting millions of people every year. Back pain can prevent you from participating in activities you love and even make it difficult to complete your normal daily routine.
What causes back pain?
Back pain can occur suddenly and be brought on by a variety of factors, sometimes even without a specific cause. The most common form is acute back pain, which lasts under six weeks. The lesser common form is chronic back pain, which lasts more than three months. Back pain can be brought on by a few conditions, including:
- Muscle or ligament strain
- Bulging or ruptured disks
- Skeletal abnormalities
Back pain can be felt in different ways. You may experience muscle aches, sharp shooting pain, radiating pain, or limited flexibility or range of motion.
How is back pain diagnosed?
An accurate diagnosis is crucial to developing a successful treatment plan. Diagnostic tests and techniques that may be used to identify the source of your pain may include:
- Magnetic resonance image (MRI)
- Nerve blocks and epidural injections
- Computerized tomography (CT)
- Bone density scan
- Dynamic X-ray
What are the most common forms of treatment?
Your diagnosis will help your doctor to determine which pain treatment method will be best for your condition. The spine specialists at Spine Surgery of Idaho will explore noninvasive or minimally invasive treatment techniques before suggesting more advanced surgical options. Some treatment options may include:
Physical therapy or massage
Physical therapy or massage can help to build and recondition the muscles and tendons at the pain source, allowing you to move more freely with less pain. Physical therapy may include applying heat or cold, or performing certain exercises.
Sometimes, certain medications may help to ease back pain. After a thorough exam and diagnosis, your doctor may recommend pain medications for relief.
Injections to help relieve pain may be the right treatment option for you. Injections contain a local anesthetic and/or steroid to help temporarily treat and/or locate the source of the pain.
Surgery is typically the last treatment option explored. Surgery is sometimes necessary to permanently treat your back pain at its source. There are many surgical treatments available, which will depend on your specific condition.
If you’re tired of suffering from back pain, call the spine specialists at Spine Surgery of Idaho today at (208) 844-0056 to schedule a consultation.