Treating Back Pain: So Many Alternatives to Surgery

Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and it's one of the most common reasons cited for missed work. One-half of working Americans suffer from back pain symptoms each year, leading to 264 million lost workdays and an overall cost of $100 billion in insurance claims, lost wages, and decreased productivity.

At Revive Medical and Rehab in Spring Hill, Florida, Gabriel Boze, DC, understands how difficult back pain can be. He employs a patient-centered approach and uses the most effective integrative medicine therapies and cutting-edge technologies to help his patients get back on track.

What causes back pain?

Back pain can be caused by many conditions and events. Some of the most common conditions include:

And many back injuries are sustained through car accidents, falls, improper lifting, and carrying excess body weight.

How is back pain treated?

Many people assume surgery is the only option to treat an injured back, but that’s not the case. Here at Revive Medical and Rehab, we use integrative medicine ― which is a combination of nonsurgical techniques ― to treat hurting backs. With integrative medicine, we can help relieve your pain, improve your mobility, and even help heal the condition. These treatments include:

Pain medications

Medications run the gamut from prescription narcotics, muscle relaxants, and antidepressants to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen. Medications, especially narcotics, are designed for short-term use only. Using them too long can lead to addiction. One of these options, though, may get you comfortable enough to try other treatments.

Physical therapy

While a certain amount of bed rest can help an ailing back, too much rest can lead to the weakening of muscles, joints, and soft tissues. Physical therapy consists of both passive and active treatments designed to help heal and strengthen those tissues. Physical therapy can exercise the affected tissues in a way that will strengthen them and not cause further damage.

Physical therapy for back pain may include:

One large study found that people with low back pain who used physical therapy were less likely to need further treatment for pain later on.

Chiropractic therapy

Chiropractic therapy is an evidence-based therapy that uses precisely administered manipulation to joints and soft tissues to relieve pain. It relieves lower back pain by reducing pressure on injured areas, improving blood flow, and decreasing muscle tension. The targeted manipulations help realign the spine and joints that have moved out of place, thereby allowing your body to heal the affected tissues.

Injectable treatments

Injection-based procedures, which include nerve blocks, epidural steroid injections, and facet joint injections, are used when the cause of the pain is known. Injections may lessen —  or even stop — pain for a period of time, but they’re not intended for long-term use, and they shouldn’t be used in isolation from other therapies.

Regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine takes advantage or your body’s ability to heal itself. Your blood is composed of a number of components, among which are platelets. Platelets contain growth factors that initiate healing. By taking some of these platelets and injecting them into your injured area, healing can take place quicker.

With this treatment ― which is called platelet-rich plasma therapy ― your doctor draws blood from your arm and spins the blood in a centrifuge to isolate the platelets. The doctor then injects the concentrated platelet serum into the painful area. From there the platelets begin to heal the source of the pain.

You may need a combination of therapies to treat your back condition. Dr. Boze will recommend the ones he believes will be the most helpful after a thorough exam. He may also suggest lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, reducing stress, and eating a healthy diet.

Are you tired of living with back pain? We have solutions. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with Revive Medical and Rehab today.

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