What Is Back Pain?
Rest assured, you’re not the only one who has complained of back pain. In fact, nearly 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives.
It can be triggered by something as simple as picking up a box that’s too heavy. Or back pain can be the result of osteoporosis, arthritis or a ruptured disc in the spine. The pain can be related to the bones or the muscles in the back.
Treatment Options for Back Pain
When a person experiences back pain, there are a variety of options. Doctors typically start with the least invasive one. Back pain treatments include:
- Medications. Pain relievers like acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen or naproxen are typically the first step. Doctors may prescribe muscle relaxants or strong prescription drugs if over-the-counter remedies don’t help.
- Physical therapy. Using heat, ice, electrical stimulation and muscle-release techniques, a physical therapist strives to reduce pain. As the pain subsides, you move into exercises to improve your strength and flexibility and ultimately, to prevent the pain from coming back.
- Injections. For some people, an injection of cortisone—an anti-inflammatory medication—helps decrease and relieve pain.
- Surgery. If medications, physical therapy and injections don’t work, surgery may be an option.
Why Parrish Medical Center
Preventing and providing relief for back pain and spinal disorders is one of our specialties.
Our experts quickly diagnose a person’s condition and then develop an individual plan of care that fits the needs of each patient.
Surgery is a last resort, but if it becomes necessary, our team of specialists is expertly trained and ready to help.
For more information, call 321-268-6750.