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How to Manage Back Pain Without Narcotics

Anyone who suffers from chronic back pain knows how difficult it can make your life. Most back pain can be treated with noninvasive treatments like physical therapy and medication. As useful as medication is, however, it is not a viable treatment for everyone. Whether you have a history of addiction or just can’t handle narcotics, you should not have to rely on medication to relieve back pain.

Rest assured, there are several ways to manage your back pain without narcotics or surgery. Keep reading for useful tips that can improve your quality of life!

Noninvasive Back Pain Treatments

  • Physical therapy – Most back pain treatment plans include physical therapy. The goals of physical therapy are to decrease pain, increase function, and most importantly provide education in a maintenance program to prevent further recurrences. In this personalized program, you will work one-on-one with an experienced physical therapist who will evaluate you to determine what kind of back pain we are dealing with and then decide the most appropriate course of treatment to better suit your needs. A Physical Therapist uses a varied selection of treatment options including: Manual Therapy, Modalities (such as Ultrasound, Electrical Stimulation, Heat/Cold, Kinesio Taping) guides you through several exercises designed to relieve back pain and improve tolerance of activities. Also, recently, in its efforts to curb opioid use, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed Physical Therapy as a nonpharmacological alternative for pain relief.
  • Other Noninvasive Back Treatments Include: Chiropractic Care, Acupuncture, Biofeedback, Mental Health Counseling, Yoga and Pilates.

As you can see, there are plenty of treatment options available if you don’t want medications to be part of your treatment plan for back pain. Surgery is still an option in severe cases, but many patients can achieve the relief they need with these noninvasive methods.

Get help managing back pain today from the experienced professionals at Comprehensive Spine Institute. Contact us today at (727) 300-2537.