Taos, New Mexico
Does your back hurt all the time? Do you see a chiropractor or a physical therapist but find that you don’t really get any better? Has someone told you that back pain surgery might be the best step for you to take to find relief from your pain? If you’re considering back pain surgery, we would love to talk to you here at Boulder Neurosurgical and Spine Associates. We can help you figure out what your next steps are and how you can find relief from your back pain.
Back pain surgery is usually the last resort. Most back pain will subside using non-surgical options. You should try these before you even consider surgery for your back pain. If these work, they are less invasive and won’t put you out of commission as long as surgery will.
Start by taking some medications for your pain. These can include NSAIDs, oral steroids, muscle relaxants, and even narcotic drugs (for a short time). Sometimes, these can alleviate your pain enough that you can participate in physical therapy that will improve your back pain. If they work to lower inflammation, they may allow your back to heal without the necessity of surgical intervention.
You can also apply heat and/or ice to your back. You can even alternate between the two if that would work better for you. Try to do 10-15 minutes of ice, followed by 10-15 minutes of cold. Do this two or three times, two or three times a day. You may be surprised at how better your back pain feels.
Try seeing a chiropractor or an osteopathic doctor who can manipulate your back to reduce pressure in certain areas, improve your blood flow, and more. Regular treatments can keep your back in great shape and help you heal from whatever is causing your pain.
Similarly, massage may be able to help. If your pain comes from a soft-tissue injury, massage can help your muscles relax again. Similarly, if your pain comes from a structural injury, the muscles around it will clench up to protect the area. Massage can help relax them and alleviate your pain while you heal.
Try working with a physical therapist, too. He or she will give you exercises you can do for your back. You’ll learn how to stretch it, how to strengthen weak muscles, and how to keep the pain from coming back. Your program may even include low-impact aerobic exercise, to help you lose weight, improve your cardiovascular fitness, and move your back regularly.