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Treating Your Back Pain Without Surgery

Back pain is a common complaint, with an estimated 80% of Americans suffering lower back pain at some point in their lives. But despite how common back pain is, it’s notoriously difficult to treat.

Pain is complex and every person experiences it differently. Finding a treatment that works for you may take trial and error, but George Kakoulides, MD, and our team are committed to helping you find relief from your pain.

We specialize in treating back pain, and you might be relieved to know there are lots of pain management options that don’t involve surgery. We offer a range of treatments for conditions including:

Today, we’re taking a closer look at the nonsurgical back pain treatments that could be right for you.

At-home care

When you come to Dr. Kakoulides with back pain, he starts with a comprehensive evaluation of your condition. Diagnostic testing often includes an MRI, CT scan, and in some cases, an electromyogram. 

Mild to moderate injuries and episodes of back pain often respond to rest and anti-inflammatory medication. Herniated discs often improve with four to six weeks of conservative care, while recovery times for other injuries can vary. 

Some types of spinal fractures don’t require treatment, but some may require bracing. Dr. Kakoulides talks with you about your diagnosis so you know what to expect when it comes to treatment and pain management.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy is one of the best ways to tackle back pain at the source. Medication masks the pain and it doesn’t address the cause, but physical therapy builds strength and flexibility to reduce pain from the inside out.

Your physical therapy plan is created just for you. It includes purposeful exercises to target areas of weakness and balances your spine to treat pain. We have an exercise resource library available to our patients that includes guidelines for neck, back, and other strength-building exercises.

Remember to get your doctor’s approval before beginning any new exercise routine.

Alternative therapies

Dr. Kakoulides takes a holistic approach to back pain, and he may recommend alternative therapies like acupuncture or chiropractic care if you’re interested. Acupuncture involves inserting small needles into specific areas of the body and stimulating them to trigger pain-relieving effects.

Chiropractic care and osteopathic manipulation are similar alternative treatments that involve manual adjusting of the spine. A trained professional performs specific movements to stimulate the spine and surrounding tissues, but this treatment may not be a good option for every patient.

Steroid injections

Epidural steroid injections can offer long-lasting pain relief if more conservative methods haven’t worked well enough. These minimally-invasive injections can relieve pain caused by nerve irritation, inflammation, and spinal stenosis.

Steroid injections reduce inflammation in your back that irritates your spinal cord, and many injections also contain an anesthetic to minimize pain. Results vary between individuals, but one steroid injection at the pain site can provide several months of relief.

With every treatment regimen, Dr. Kakoulides and our team closely monitor your condition. We’re here to make adjustments to help you get the best results from your therapy. If your condition persists or gets worse, we’ll discuss your options, which may include surgery.

Real relief from your back pain is possible — and you don’t have to turn to surgery. Call the office nearest you or book a consultation online to learn more about your options.

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