Back pain can be one of the most frustrating conditions for patients as well as for their doctors. First, many patients don’t recognize that back pain is not, in and of itself, a condition. Instead, it is a symptom which points to another condition and identifying that condition based on back pain alone can be difficult. As a result of the multitude of causes which can lead to pain on the back, there are many different treatments available.BackFit Health + Spine, Gilbert offers excellent info on this.
There are innumerable pain medications available, and many can be effective when dealing with certain types of temporary pain. Over the counter medications, like NSAIDs (non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) include aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen. These medications can be good for short-term pain, but often cannot be used for chronic pain. Opioid painkillers like morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and codeine can be used with a prescription, but can pose difficulties with long-term use if the cause of the pain isn’t identified.
In some cases, chiropractic treatment can help to relieve pain. Chiropractic care should be undertaken under the advice of a physician. Chiropractic intervention involves the manual manipulation of the spine in order to reduce undue pressure in painful areas.
Electrical Stimulation and Electro-thermal Therapy
For some types of chronic pain, stimulating the nerves with electrical pulses can provide relief. These treatments rely on battery operated devices which deliver an electrical current by way of the skin to small electrodes placed near the painful area. This stimulates the nerves in such a way that the pain messages being sent to the brain are interrupted, reducing the amount of pain being perceived by the patient.
Back Pain Surgeries
For some people, surgery may be required to manage their back pain. Surgery for pain, as is the case with many other surgery types, is generally only considered when the pain can’t be managed in other ways. There are a number of different types of pain surgery, each performed for specific reasons. Spinal fusion is the most common, and involves fusing the vertebrae together to restrict movement and to limit nerve stretching. Although this may sound as if it limits one’s range of movement, spinal fusion often does not limit mobility enough to significantly impact lifestyle. Laminectomy is another type of surgery which involves the removal of parts of the bones associated with spine, or removal of ligaments. The goal of laminectomy is to reduce pressure on nerves associated with back pain.
Choosing the Right Treatment
The many different treatments available and the multitude of causes behind the pain can make choosing the right treatment a complex matter. For many people, going to a general practitioner isn’t enough. Back pain doctors are the specialists best qualified to diagnose causes of the pain and to determine which treatments will be most effective at both reducing back pain and at addressing the specific cause of the patient’s discomfort. General practitioners, for this reason, frequently refer patients to a pain doctor.
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