One of the goals of your orthopedics doctor, when you see them for your persistent lower back pain, is to keep you from having surgery. Non-invasive treatments have a lower risk of side effects and are less expensive. To give you relief from the pain, and to allow an injury in your lower back to heal naturally, your doctor will recommend one or more of the following treatment options before considering surgery as an option.
Anti-Inflammatory Pain Medications
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are commonly used to reduce the inflammation around irritated nerves and muscles in your lower back. To be most effective, they need to be taken on a regular schedule so any inflammation that does occur does not become severe.
Back Supports and Braces
These devices are worn to hold your lower back in a neutral position. They can be as simple as elastic nylon supports that wrap around your lower back and fastened in place with Velcro. They can also be complicated devices, custom-fitted to your body and including rigid metal bars to prevent any back movement. If the back pain is from a ruptured disc or irritation of nerves by abnormal bone growths on the vertebrae, these supports will hold your back securely while it heals.
This technique stretches the spine slightly apart to relieve the pain. Your doctor may use a manual form of traction, in which you wear a strap around your pelvis or on your legs onto which weights are attached. A traction machine can also be use to apply pressure on the spine to pull it apart. If you have a ruptured disc, this allows the disc to retreat into the spinal area, which removes the irritation to the nerves that causes your pain.
Stretching the muscles in your back with physical therapy helps them to better support your back. Weak back muscles become fatigued and may allow the curve in your lower back to become deformed and painful. Your doctor may also recommend that you do physical therapy when wearing back supports so your back muscles don't lose their tone.
While not a completely non-invasive treatment, these injections can prevent the need for surgery. The injection is done directly into the back in the damaged area. The steroids cause an immediate reduction of any swelling in the muscles and around the nerves. They help to control the pain and swelling in your back while the injured tissues heal.
For more information, contact professionals like Northern Care Inc Prosthetics & Orthotics.
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