Chronic Back Pain
Lower back pain is one of the most common conditions that drive patients to a doctor’s office. Don’t worry, you are not alone! Common treatment choices include prescription pain medications and muscle relaxants. While many cases can be linked to an injury, accident or muscle strain — others involve more “structural” issues including herniated discs, spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease.
Low back symptoms can range from a mild ache to completely debilitating pain. Ironically, the severity of the pain does not always correlate with the amount of physical damage to the bones, discs, ligaments and soft tissues. In fact, a simple strain can cause excruciating lower back pain that makes it difficult to walk or even stand. In contrast, a herniated disc or completely degenerated disc is sometimes painless.
How We Help Low Back Pain
It’s common to treat back pain with painkillers. While this may be an easy back pain remedy, do your research first. Before you take prescription pharmaceutical pain medications (including opioids) or reach for over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers, it’s important to understand the dangers they pose. This is especially important if taken for long periods of time or in the wrong dose, as they come with a whole host of side effects that can be dangerous.
The information we gain from your consultation and exam helps us determine if you are a candidate for care in our office. Rather than simply treating the symptoms, our experts provide a long-term strategy to not only get the relief that you seek right away, but also prevent future spinal decay.
If you have had radiographs or MRIs taken before, please bring them with you to your appointment for our doctors to review. We see many patients that have failed other treatments such as prescription medications, physical therapy, and even surgery.
Don’t lose hope! We treat many patients successfully with our state-of-the-art spinal decompression technology and upper cervical care.
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