Back Pain Treatment: Achieving Relief and Improving Your Quality of Life
Dr. Aron Rovner provides a range of surgical and nonsurgical back pain treatment at his New Jersey practice to help patients achieve relief. Reach out today to find out more about how we can relieve your back pain.
Whenever possible, Dr. Rovner recommends nonsurgical therapies to treat back pain. In most cases, these options can cause symptoms to improve within six to three months. These therapies include:
- Rest: In general, a short period of rest can go far in alleviating back pain. Avoiding lifting or bending can give your back a chance to heal any damage caused by muscle issues or pinching.
- Cold and hot compresses: Ice packs can reduce initial pain while heat packs may soothe back pain that lasts longer than a day or two.
- Medications: A wide variety of drugs are available to counter back pain, especially for patients who also suffer from numbness or tingling in the legs. Over-the-counter or prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs and epidural steroid injections suppress inflammation and reduce pain, though the effects can be temporary. Muscle relaxants can ease overly tense tissue while anti-seizure medications and tricyclic antidepressants can also help to manage pain.
- TENS unit: This electrical unit is used to deliver mild electrical stimulation. Because patients only feel pain if an electrical signal successfully makes its way to the brain along a nerve, a TENS unit can alleviate pain by overriding these signals.
- Massage: Massage therapy is often a part of successful nonsurgical treatment of pain. It can help to improve blood flow, reduce muscle stiffness, and increase range of motion, all of which significantly reduce pain. It also raises endorphin levels in the body, leaving patients feeling relaxed and content.
- Exercise: Even gentle exercises and stretches can relieve back pain. Improving muscle strength often takes substantial pressure off of compressed nerves.
If nonsurgical methods fail to improve back pain within six weeks, Dr. Rovner may recommend surgery. A number of procedures are available, and are recommended according to the cause of back pain:
- Discectomy: In between each vertebra in your spine is a soft, gelatinous tissue that acts as a shock absorber. This tissue, called a disc, can become pinched or compressed by the surrounding bone. During a discectomy, portions of the disc are removed to relieve pressure. This procedure can help patients suffering from herniated discs, sciatica, radiculopathy, or stenosis.
- Spine fusion: This procedure stiffens the spine by connecting neighboring vertebrae with either metal implants or bone transplants. The surgery stabilizes bone weakened or shifted due to herniated or degenerating discs, spondylolisthesis, or stenosis.
- Laminectomy: The back part of the vertebrae is called the lamina. In some cases, removing some or all of the lamina can relieve pressure on compressed spinal nerves. This makes the procedure especially effective in treating radiculopathy, sciatica, and stenosis.
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At New York Spine and Sports Surgery, we provide patients with advanced treatment steeped in years of experience to relieve mild and severe back pain. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.