At least 80 percent of people will suffer from back pain at some point
in their lives, but only a small percentage will actually need surgery
to relieve their symptoms. For most sufferers, non-surgical remedies are
effective in controlling the pain. Make an appointment with an orthopedic
doctor in Marietta if your back pain is interfering with your life to
learn what treatment options are available. Here's a look at some
the most commonly used non-surgical
back pain treatments.
One of the first treatments your doctor may try to control your back pain
is medication. Over-the-counter
, like NSAIDs and acetaminophen are helpful for some patients. Others get
relief from stronger medications, including narcotics, muscle relaxants,
and oral steroids. Some antidepressants can also address back pain in
some patients. Before recommending a pain medication, your doctor will
consider your symptoms and the side effects associated with the medications
to ensure it is safe for you.
Massages can be helpful in relieving back pain by reducing muscle stiffness
that causes aching. Massage also improves blood flow, which can help usher
oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the site of inflammation in the back
to encourage healing. If your orthopedic doctor recommends massage, find
out how often to have treatment and what style of massage will give you
the best results.
Prolotherapy injections contain dextrose, local anesthetic, and other ingredients
to boost the body's own healing response. Eighty percent of patients
who undergo prolotherapy injections report that their pain is at least
50 percent less intense after treatment. Many patients have results from
a single prolotherapy injection, but the best results are achieved with
four to six injections given four to six weeks apart. After an injection,
soreness may persist at the injection site for about a week.