Non-Surgical Options 

Non-Surgical Treatment Options

Luckily, most back problems can be treated without surgery. Your doctor may suggest limiting your activity and prescribe some pain medications or anti-inflammatory medicines. You may start seeing a physical therapist for exercises designed to strengthen the back or for other treatments. 

Conservative, non-surgical options are the first line of treatment for back pain.  These can include:

  • Physical therapy, including passive therapies like heat, ice, massage, ultrasound and electrical stimulation and active therapies like stretching, weight lifting and cardiovascular exercises to restore motion and strength.
  • Medications to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Manipulation therapy
  • Braces, collars to limit motion
  • Rest 

Take Control

You can take these steps to prevent recurrent back problems:

  • Exercise regularly to keep the muscles in your back strong and flexible.
  • Stretch before and after exercising to help warm up your muscles.
  • Avoid standing or being in one position for too long.
  • Maintain your proper body weight since excess weight strains your back muscles.
  • Use proper lifting and body mechanics.
  • Get help if an object is heavy or an awkward size.
  • Don’t twist when lifting.
  • Avoid smoking. Smoking and nicotine cause the spine to degenerate faster than normal.
  • Remember what your mother said, “Don’t slouch. Sit up straight.”

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