Back Pain Treatments: Know Your Options

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Chronic back pain is an increasingly common affliction among Americans. If you are suffering from chronic back pain, you may think that you just need to keep suffering through the pain because there is nothing else that you can do to fix it. However, there are many treatment options available to you through both conventional and alternative medicine. All you need to do is weigh and consider all of your options and select the option or options that work the best for you. Once you begin treatment, you will notice a marked difference in the amount and intensity of pain that you feel. 

Spinal Injections

One common conventional medicine treatment for chronic back pain is through spinal injections. These injections are used to directly administer anti-inflammatory medication to the afflicted area.

These injections are usually corticosteroids that are powerful agents at reducing swelling and subsequent pain. However, a single injection is not a permanent solution. If you opt for this treatment option, you will be getting regular injections to treat your chronic back pain.

Back Surgery

Another conventional medical treatment option is back surgery. Although doctors have the technology to take all types of scans of your back, there is a certain level of uncertainty associated with back surgery. This is simply because the spine is a complex bundle of bones and nerves that can be difficult to assess without looking at it firsthand. 

Although there is some uncertainty associated with back surgery, many routine procedures such as spinal fusions (a surgery fuses the vertebrae to prevent shifting and rubbing) have been shown to reduce or eliminate chronic back pain. This particular procedure also protects and maintains the shape of the nerves running along your spine, preventing pain and other issue associated with damaged nerves.

If you and your doctor feel that you would benefit from back surgery, then you may find a permanent solution to your pain. As with any surgery, there are risks. However, these risks are minimal, especially when the surgery is a routine procedure like spinal fusions. 

Chiropractic Care

If you are looking for alternative treatments for your chronic back pain, chiropractic care may be right up your alley. Chiropractic care uses spinal manipulations and exercises to fix misalignments in the spine and reduce pain, inflammation, and other associated symptoms. 

The theory behind chiropractic care is that spinal misalignments cause problems throughout the body because they block and impede the proper operation of the central nervous system. When the nerves that run along the spine cannot communicate with the rest of the body, nutrients and other important elements cannot be sent to the regions of the body that need it, and pain and other symptoms can ensue.

Thus, chiropractic spinal manipulations may help you to relieve some of your chronic back pain by realigning your spine and allowing the nervous system to do its job.

As you can see, there are several options available to you for your back pain, through both conventional and alternative medicine. All you need to do is determine which options are right for you and get to feeling better as soon as possible.  

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