Nonsurgical Treatment Options for Chronic Back Pain

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The article discusses chronic back pain and the effective non-surgical modalities available for treating the condition.


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Nonsurgical Treatment Options for Chronic Back Pain

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The article discusses chronic back pain and the effective non-surgical modalities available for treating the condition. Back pain is a very common complaint. According to the Mayo Clinic about 80 of all Americans will experience low back pain at least once in their lives. Typically it is the lower back area that is most affected although the pain can also be felt anywhere along your spine from the neck down to the hips. Back pain can range from persistent dull ache to sudden sharp and chronic pain. While acute back pain may resolve on its own or with simple measures chronic back pain is a challenging condition and requires focused treatment. Fortunately pain management centers in Brooklyn NYC offer effective non-surgical treatment modalities to address chronic back pain and help patients improve muscle strength and physical function. The most common causes of back pain include –  Arthritis of the spine  Spinal stenosis  Bulging or ruptured disc  Skeletal irregularities  Muscle or ligament strain  Accidents  Myofascial pain syndrome —unexplained muscle pain and tenderness Symptoms of Chronic Back Pain Chronic pain generally refers to pain that lasts more than three to six months or pain that persists even after tissue healing. Examples of chronic pain include fibromyalgia and failed back surgery syndrome or unresolved pain after the surgery has completely healed. Again a condition that seems relatively minor can develop into severe chronic pain. Nonsurgical Options for Managing Chronic Back Pain Diagnosing the root cause of the pain is the first step towards managing the condition. In leading pain management centers in Brooklyn a multispecialty team would be involved in diagnosing and treating the condition. Once the cause is identified they will develop a customized treatment plan incorporating non-drug nonpharmcologic and minimally-invasive pain management modalities. 718 769-2521

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Back pain treatment options recommended will vary depending on how long the person had suffered the pain how severe the pain is and individual needs and preferences. The various non-surgical treatment modalities used for back pain management include –  Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation TENS - TENS reduces pain by means of a low- voltage electric stimulation that interacts with the sensory nervous system.  Physical therapy – Physical therapy helps reduce pain promote healing and restore normal function and body movement. Reliable healthcare centers use the services of skilled physical therapists who diagnose the patient condition by conducting different diagnostic imaging tests like MRI scan X-ray CT scans Nerve studies electromyography or EMG and blood tests. Therapeutic exercises are recommended to help patients improve function and return to normal activities. Traction ultrasound ice or heat application and myofascial release are other pain management techniques used by physical therapists.  Spinal manipulation – Spinal manipulation is a hands-on treatment technique for correcting misaligned bones of joints and restoring normal function.  Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAIDs – NSAIDs such as ibuprofen Advil Motrin IB others or naproxen sodium Aleve can provide pain relief.  Steroid injections – These injections deliver steroids in to the joints muscles ligaments or around nerves in order to reduce inflammation.  Chiropractic treatment – Chiropractors use spinal manipulation to treat chronic pain symptoms such as inflammation and muscle tension. Chiropractic adjustments can relieve back pain condition such as a herniated disc. 718 769-2521

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In a reliable health care center patients would be provided with counseling on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle which is important to manage chronic pain. With individualized attention continual assessment and dedicated follow-ups they will help patients minimize episodes of debilitating pain and improve quality of life. 718 769-2521

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