About Back Pain Management
Managing back pain is oftentimes an individual endeavor and can be physically and emotionally exhausting when you don’t know how to manage it effectively.
The most common and first approach for most patients is to try over-the-counter medications which include:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Aspirin products
- Topical creams
If the back pain does not resolve within a couple of weeks, you should seek care with a physician. The physician may order prescription medications such as:
- Muscle relaxants
- Pain medication
- Anti-inflammatory medications
Back pain medication should only be used as instructed by the physician.
Other treatment options that your physician may discuss with you are:
- Physical Therapy
- Chiropractic Care
- Interventional Pain Procedures: Trigger point injections, epidural steroid injections, medial branch blocks, occipital nerve blocks, sacroiliac joint injections, spinal cord stimulators, etc.
- Minimally invasive spine surgery: Although it is technically a form of surgery, its minimally-invasive nature renders it a viable form of pain management that has a shortened recovery time, allowing the patient to practically manage the pain on their own following the procedure. In recent years, this safer procedure has started to move into the outpatient surgery setting, saving an unwanted trip to the hospital.
When done properly, managing back pain effectively can lead to lasting relief. With a physical exam, some use of medication, and consideration of other therapies, back pain management can lead to a healthier, happier, and more active life.