4 Ways to Treat Chronic Back Pain Without Surgery
Back pain is considered chronic if it lasts for 3-6 months and you don’t know the cause. I, Dr. Mona Mubarak, a chronic pain specialist with experience of more than 2 decades in successfully treating patients suffering from various chronic pains am here to share some insights on this issue and also some treatment options that will give you hope that you can overcome this dreadful problem.
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Some of the common causes of chronic back pain include arthritis of the spine, arthritis in facet joints herniated or bulging disc, sports injury, myofascial pain, musculoskeletal pain, etc. In some cases, it is difficult to diagnose one particular cause of chronic pain. In such cases, if the cause cannot be treated, at least your doctor can work with you to reduce the pain flairs and make the pain more bearable.
It is important for you to know that there are multiple non-surgical treatment options that you can opt for and hence you should not rush or undergo extensive medical procedures immediately to address this problem. Some of the non-surgical treatment options are as below:
1. Physical Therapy – This is the first and foremost treatment that should be opt for. Exercises tailored to your specific symptoms and conditions performed under the guidance of a pain specialist or physical therapist can work wonders for you. Physical therapy may include stretching and flexibility exercises, core strengthening, electing the right postures, etc.
2. Lifestyle Modifications – When fighting with a problem like chronic pain, it is important to pay attention to your body and pace yourself accordingly. Don’t stretch or stress. Take a break and do some relaxing activities like meditation. Make sure you don’t engage in activities that will strain you physically. Give up alcohol and smoking. Make sure you eat right and maintain a healthy weight.
3. PRP Treatment – In addition to the lifestyle changes, you can opt for PRP Treatment for chronic back pain. Growth factors produced by the concentrated platelets in PRP are known to restore the integrity of important substances in degenerating discs. PRP is also useful and effective for the repair and regeneration of the joints in the back. Compared to steroids, PRP has a longer and more robust record of success whether it is for arthritis or musculoskeletal problems, including rotator cuff tears, Achilles tendon injuries, and chronic tendinitis.
4. Nerve Root Injections – If you are suffering from disc-related pain due to nerve entrapment or have chronic pain in the arm or leg that follows the path of a single nerve, this is the treatment that you can opt for. A nerve root injection is an injection of local anaesthetic (numbing medicine) and steroid injected under X-ray guidance into the area where the nerve exits the spinal column. The effect of the treatment varies for every patient but usually, relief can be experienced from few days to few weeks after every injection.
If you have chronic back pain, it is important to consult a pain specialist before you adopt any of the above measures or even something else as a cure to your problem. If you have any questions about the pain or exploring solutions and are curious to know about the treatment, please feel free to reach out to me and I shall be glad to help. Live the pain-free life you deserve.