Finding the Best Treatment for Back Pain

Treatments

Back pain treatments can vary depending on the cause of the pain and whether you have a chronic or temporary condition. Injuries can often be treated at home using a combination of over-the-counter medications and hot and cold therapy. Long term, chronic back pain should be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional to ensure you have the right treatment to relieve pain.

Identifying and Treating Injuries

Back pain that is caused by a recent injury or related to an activity, such as moving heavy objects, can often be treated at home. The treatment for this type of pain includes using hot and cold packs to relieve swelling and inflammation. You may also be instructed to use an over-the-counter or prescription medication to relieve temporary pain. If you remember what caused the injury, you can feel confident knowing that your pain is directly related to an activity and can expect the pain to reduce gradually over the course of several days. Pain that lasts longer than a few days may require more intensive treatments from a medical professional.

Medical Treatments

Medical treatments for back pain include medications, chiropractic care, electrical nerve stimulation and surgery. The options that are available to you will depend on your diagnosis. For example, people experiencing pain caused by arthritis may use a combination of prescription medications, including injections, to reduce pain caused by the painful swelling and inflammation of arthritis. Chiropractic care can be used for a wide range of conditions. Chiropractors relieve pain by manipulating the spine when there is a misalignment causing sensitivity in the area.

Nerve stimulation is also an option for some people. Called IDET and TENS, this type of therapy can also be used for a wide range of conditions. IDET therapy is designed specifically for pain that is caused by disc problems in the back, while IDET therapy is for general back pain relief. When other types of back pain treatments simply don't provide the relief needed, surgery may be an option. Surgery is usually reserved for those with serious conditions that are related to back pain. Discussing your options with a medical professional ensures you have the right treatment for the specific cause of your back pain.