Non-Surgical Treatment Options

Of all the things you can do to prevent and treat low back pain, this is probably the most important. The benefits of exercise to overall health are many. Specific to back health, exercise benefits include building muscle to support the spine and building bone density to prevent Osteoporosis and painful stress fractures.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychological therapy designed to help us cope with problems. In the treatment of low back pain, the goal is not to stop the pain, but to manage the pain by incorporating both cognitive (how you think) and behavioral (how you act) techniques.

Low back pain is thought to be caused by inflammation. Chronic inflammation over time can cause damage to otherwise healthy tissues and organs, and the food we eat can affect the body's inflammatory response for better or for worse. Scientific studies show a diet rich in antioxidants can fight chronic inflammation, soothe chronic pain, and nurtures and protects tissues and organs.

Injections deliver a powerful anti-inflammatory medication directly to the site of the problem, making it a treatment more powerful than the same medication taken orally. The most common injections for low back pain combine an anesthetic and a steroid. The anesthetic provides immediate relief and the steroid gives delayed, but longer lasting relief.

Acupuncture is a form of passive therapy, in the same family of treatments as massage, manipulation, and electrotherapy. These treatments may feel good during or immediately after they are being performed, but do not result in permanent change.

The most common categories of medications in the treatment of low back pain include steroids, NSAIDs, muscle relaxants, and opioids.

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