Eliminate Back Pain

Eliminate Back Pain

Chronic back pain is a common condition that affects millions of Americans every year. If you’re plagued with chronic back pain, you understand the debilitating effects it can have on your life and well-being. But back pain is not something you have to live with forever. There are many treatments available to relieve your pain and get you back to the life you once knew.

What causes and risk factors are associated with back pain?

Back pain will often develop without a clear cause, and will require further tests performed by your physician to locate the source of your pain. Common conditions that can contribute to severe and persistent pain include:

  • Muscle or ligament strain
  • Skeletal irregularities
  • Ruptured or bulging disks
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis

In addition, risk factors that can make you more susceptible to back pain are:

  • Age
  • Weight gain
  • Smoking
  • Health and psychological conditions
  • Lack of exercise
  • Improper lifting

Eliminating back pain

Treating your back pain will depend on the cause and severity of your condition. Some of these treatments may be used simultaneously for effective treatment and optimal lasting results.

Medications

Medications are usually the first course of treatment to relieve your back pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers, muscle relaxants and topical pain relievers are among the medications that may be utilized.

Injections

Injections can help detect the source of your pain, as well as provide temporary relief. Injections usually consist of a local anesthetic and/or steroid solution.

Physical therapy and massage

Conservative treatment, like physical therapy and massage, can eliminate or lessen pain without requiring surgery. These treatments will help to strengthen and recondition the muscles to allow your body to move more easily without pain.

Surgery

Surgery is typically only used when all other treatment methods have been explored without successful relief. Your surgical treatment will depend on your condition and its severity.

Chiropractic referral

In some cases, you may benefit from chiropractic techniques to treat your back pain. In this case, an experienced chiropractor will be referred to you.

If you are interested in treating your chronic back pain, call the spine specialists at Spine Surgery of Idaho today at (208) 944-0056 to schedule your first appointment.

Back Pain Treatment: What Are Your Options?

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
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis

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
  • Myelography
  • Discograms

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.

Medications

Sometimes, certain medications may help to ease back pain. After a thorough exam and diagnosis, your doctor may recommend pain medications for relief.

Injections

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

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.