Certain symptoms may be a clear sign that you might require surgery. If found related to your spine condition these indicators may end up in surgery.
- New or progressing bowel/bladder issues
- Weakness in limbs
- Gait and balance problems
- Evidence of increased reflexes
Can surgery be a good option for you? You need to consult multiple surgeons for the successful elimination of the pain. If pain lasts three months or longer it is named as chronic. Temporary relief can be accompanied by usual come and go of pain following frustration. If the cause is not known dealing with the pain can be challenging.
Chronic Back Pain may be caused by:
- Arthritis of the spine: it is gradual thinning of the cartilage inside the spine
- Spinal stenosis: narrowing of the spinal canal followed by nerve pain
- Disc problems: a herniated or bulging disc
- Myofascial pain: unexplained muscle pain and tenderness
There are some cases where the cause of the back pain becomes difficult to find.
In some cases, it may be difficult to indicate the exact cause of chronic back pain. If you have been diagnosed with all options and still not relieved. Opt a second option of visiting a back pain specialist.
If the source of the pain is unknown or it can’t be treated. A consultation with the doctor regarding pain management and reducing flare–ups can be a good option for you.
Nonsurgical Treatments for Chronic Back Pain
1) Physical Therapy
Exercise may serve as the foundation of chronic back pain treatment. Your physician or spine specialist may supervise you with these initial treatments. These exercises should be suited to your symptoms and condition. This routine can be maintained at home too.
Physical therapy for chronic back pain includes following:
- Retraining your posture
- Testing the limits of pain tolerance
- Stretching and flexibility exercises
- Aerobic exercises
- Core strengthening
2) Mindfulness and Meditation
Chronic back pain is followed by physical and mental factors. A rehabilitation psychologist will significantly help fight these factors of frustration, irritability, depression, and other psychological aspects of the pain. Treatment options with such specialist may accompany yoga, tai chi, cognitive and relaxation techniques to divert you from pain.
Processed foods, refined sugars, trans fat diets are highly inflammatory. Diet can be essentially contributing to chronic back pain. Consult your doctor to manage it. Excessive weight is a culprit too in putting pressure on your spine. Maintaining healthy weight can help lessen the pain.
4) Lifestyle Modifications
When dealing with chronic pain it’s time to be adaptive with respect to your symptoms. Listening to yourself and pacing accordingly will help you cope with the pain. Mowing lawn should be accompanied with some breaks, carrying groceries should contain several trips. Note your symptoms and actions that contribute to or worsen the pain and avoid them when possible. This won’t only make your back comfortable but also prevent any underlying condition to worsen. Give up smoking, nicotine is known to delay the healing process and advancing the pain.
5) Injection-based Treatments
Procedures are available for chronic back pain such as Nerve blocks, epidural steroid injections, nerve ablations and other. They are given in certain doses once the cause of the pain is known and are observed to be helpful once other treatment options are ruled out. Injections are a great way to get instant relief from the pain but they are not a solution for long-term use. Always use them under the supervision of a healthcare specialist.
6) Pharmacologic Treatments
Medications such as Analgesics, anti–inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants and other can lower chronic back pain at the moment. These aren’t intended to use for longer periods of time as most of them come with unwanted side effects. They can surprisingly be addictive and not addressing the underlying cause of the pain. These medications should be prescribed by a specialist after examining the patient thoroughly if other medications didn’t benefit. If you find yourself relying on them immediately switch to a second option.