Non-surgical Spine Treatment for Long-term Relief from Chronic Back Pain
If you suffer from chronic back pain, you may fear that surgery is the only option to relieve your discomfort. Fortunately, Dr. Aron D. Rovner, MD, offers effective non-surgical spine treatment to patients in New Jersey and the surrounding areas. At New York Spine and Sports Surgery, we provide a variety of conservative treatment methods to relieve chronic back pain due to compressed vertebrae. Options include physical therapy, exercise, lifestyle adjustments, and dietary changes. The right treatment for you will depend on the cause of your back pain, your age, physical mobility, and several other factors. Dr. Rovner will provide a complete consultation. Then he will monitor your progress, making changes to your treatment plan, as needed.
Physical Therapy Can Build Strength for Lasting Relief
If you suffer from a herniated disc, spondylolisthesis, sciatica, or another related condition, you may benefit from physical therapy. Dr. Rovner will refer you to an experienced physical therapist, who can teach you a variety of exercises. Performed regularly, these exercises will strengthen your back and abdominal muscles. In turn, your spine will have plenty of support, both in front and in back. As a result, your discs and the cushioning muscles in between will face less pressure.
Your physical therapist will choose suitable exercises based on your needs and abilities. These activities can include:
- Stabilization exercises using exercise balls, balancing machines, and similar apparatuses
- Core strengthening, including crunches and sit-ups
For noticeable and lasting pain relief, it is important to perform your prescribed exercises regularly.
Exercise Has Far-reaching Health Benefits
Along with physical therapy exercises, regular aerobic activity can also decrease back pain and improve your long-term health. Activities such as biking, walking, and swimming will stimulate blood flow to all parts of your body, including your back. In turn, this will reduce joint stiffness and send important nutrients to the inflamed areas. In addition, ongoing exercise can help keep your weight under control. This is an important benefit, since excess weight can put a lot of pressure on your spine. As an added advantage, exercise will boost the production of endorphins, which act as a natural painkiller.
For optimal benefits, you should engage in aerobic exercise for 30 to 40 minutes a day. Typically, you should get an aerobic workout at least 3 days a week, alternating with days of strength building.
Lifestyle and Dietary Changes Can Alleviate Discomfort
An improved diet can also ease back pain. First, healthy eating habits can help you lose weight, reducing the pressure on your spine. In addition, cutting out certain foods can lessen chronic inflammation. For many people, eating a low-carb or Paleo diet can be very helpful. Others may find that red meat and whole-fat dairy are partially responsible for their pain. Finding the right diet for you may take some experimentation. However, Dr. Rovner and his team will work with you, making adjustments until you discover the dietary changes that work best for your body.
We can also help you with other lifestyle changes. For example, you may want to alter your sleeping posture or the way that you sit at your desk. You should also remember to lift with your legs, rather than putting pressure on your lower back. When you commit to these healthy adjustments, you can enjoy a full and active life, free of persistent pain.
Learn More about Non-surgical Spine Treatment
We would be happy to help you further explore the variety of conservative treatments available to you for non-surgical pain relief. Contact our offices to learn more about non-surgical spine treatment and to begin living your life without pain.