Chronic back pain is one of the most common reasons why people visit chiropractors. While back pain is very common, it should still be taken seriously. Chronic back pain can be debilitating, causing stiffness, and muscle spasms, and can prevent the affected person from working, sleeping, and enjoying the activities they once loved.
Fortunately, there are many non-invasive treatment options available that can reduce pain, improve flexibility, and allow you to get back to living a healthy, normal life.
Before you consider surgery, it’s important to explore alternative treatment options to see if they can help reduce your pain and improve your mobility and quality of life.
Below are some of the best non-surgical solutions to treat ongoing back pain.
Chiropractic treatment utilizes a holistic approach to help restore the nervous system’s natural function. Treatment can correct the root cause of the pain by addressing the main and secondary subluxations. By stimulating self-healing, chiropractic care provides a comprehensive solution that can improve mood, mobility, sleep, and overall health, while eliminating pain.
OTC or Prescription Medication
Certain over-the-counter and prescription medications, such as pain medication, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and muscle relaxants, can provide temporary relief from chronic pain. While relying on pain medication isn’t advised, it can provide the temporary relief you need as you search for other treatment options that can effectively manage your pain and discomfort.
At-home exercises can be an effective non-surgical approach to treating back pain. Often, these exercises are prescribed by your chiropractor as a part of your treatment plan and are designed to help strengthen the body, improving mobility and flexibility, while reducing pain and discomfort. Not all back pain is the same. Because of this, the exercises a chiropractor prescribes are specific to a patient’s needs, condition, and wellness goals.
Consistent workouts will be crucial to seeing long-term relief from spine pain. Your chiropractor will recommend maintaining an exercise routine that should be repeated several times a week. These exercises, their intensity, and how often you work out can change based on your progress.
Your home exercise regimen can include:
- Retraining your posture
- Core strengthening exercises
- Aerobic exercises such as swimming or walking
- Flexibility exercises
- Muscle exercises
Diet and Lifestyle
The foods we eat can also impact back pain. Some foods, such as processed foods and foods that are high in trans fat can increase inflammation. Additionally, being obese or overweight can place increased pressure on the body, contributing to back pain. Following a well-balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce pain.
Daily lifestyle habits can also increase back pain. Heavy smoking can delay the healing process. Strenuous activities can place stress on the back, causing more pain. Make sure you pay attention to your body and make important lifestyle changes that can reduce pain and improve your mobility, sleep, flexibility, and quality of life.
When Is Surgery the Right Choice?
If the above non-surgical treatment options are not effective, surgery can be the best option.
Fortunately, there are many minimally invasive surgical procedures available, such as:
- Lumbar discectomy
- Lumbar interspinous spacer
- SI joint fusion
These minimally invasive surgical procedures can be an effective way to treat pain without undergoing open surgical procedures. More intensive back surgeries are often accompanied by a longer recovery time, scarring, and increased pain.
Contact Cornerstone Chiropractic Today to Schedule an Appointment
Chronic back pain can reduce your quality of life, limiting the daily activities you’re able to complete independently. At Cornerstone Chiropractic, we can provide natural, effective, holistic treatment that can reduce your pain, improve your mobility, and increase your overall well-being and quality of life. To learn more, contact Cornerstone Chiropractic today to schedule an appointment.