Physical Therapy in El Paso

You're in so much pain that either you've stopped functioning in many areas of your life or you have learned how to "block...

TOP 4 Non-Surgical Chronic Back Pain Relief Options

You're in so much pain that either you've stopped functioning in many areas of your life or you have learned how to "block" it out. Surgery for your back pain is expensive. Sometimes doctors forbid you to go through surgery or you have fears around it.
Perhaps you can deal with your back pain or spinal issues by getting some non-surgical treatment options for your back pain relief (always see the right spine specialist first before making the decision to get non-surgical treatment). They'll point to you the appropriate programs and options available to you and your unique medical history when push comes to shove. The main goals of such treatments include providing enough relief to be able to participate with rehabilitation and physical therapy. It should also prevent further stress and injury in our spine through improved posture and ergonomics.

Pain Management Options for Back Pain
  • Pain Medication:

    Your type of pain medication for back pain depends on the severity of the pain. You can use standard over-the-counter products for pain like acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Also, you can acquire prescription drugs like oral steroids, narcotic drugs, muscle relaxants, and antidepressants. You can even avail of strong medications like opioids such as morphine and tramadol. However, in following weeks we will focus on mostly non-medicinal methods for relieving chronic pain.
  • Heat or Ice:

    Another method of relieving your back pain is by applying a cold pack or heating pad onto it. Temperature changes from a hot water bag or a bag of ice can relieve your lower back pain by a couple of degrees or so. It varies from person to person or the severity of your spinal suffering. You can even alternate between hot or cold compresses if you want. Go with the technique that works best for your needs.
  • Dry Needling:

    Dry needling or myofascial trigger point dry needling is a physical therapist type of pain relief technique that also works on movement impairments. It involves applying a dry needle or one without medication for injection through the skin and into muscle areas. Think acupuncture or a western medicine version of it (however, very different-more on this next week). This technique is alternative medicine that uses hollow-core hypodermic needles or filiform needles to relief muscle and nerve pain by directly injecting the needles unto the skin and muscle tissue.
  • Manual Manipulation:

    This can include chiropractor or osteopathic services as well as getting a masseuse to massage your pain away. In practice, manual manipulation by a professional can relieve your back pain through reducing pressure on sensitive structures. It can also decrease muscle tension, improve blood circulation, and increase flexibility. You need a qualified health professional to do it though. You don't want an amateur to make your back pain worse by manipulating the spine or the nerves and muscles across it in a wrong or damaging way.
* News blogs are not written by practitioners. They should be used as general information tools. Please contact us with questions via our contact form, facebook messages or telephone. We are happy to help you find the best options for your body.

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1. P3 Physical Therapy


     El Paso, Texas

    (520) 884-9819
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