Dealing with pain day in and day out isn’t easy. In fact, it can be frustrating and burdensome. But there are ways to get long-lasting relief so you can stay healthy and get back to your regular activities without experiencing back pain. There are many approaches to handling chronic back pain – and it’s important to understand the differences in managing pain. You should also know what routes to pursue for short-term and long-term pain management.
Short-term back pain management options
Short-term pain management helps with immediate pain that can’t be fixed overnight. Short-term management helps you get pain under control so you can continue with your daily activities and find a long-term pain management strategy that’s right for you. Some common short-term pain management strategies include:
- Massage therapy and manual therapy: Massage can help relieve muscle tension and pain just enough so you can continue moving and going about your day-to-day activities.
- Chiropractic care and acupuncture: This can help your joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments – and also provide immediate relief so you can work on exercises or movements that help with long-term management.
- Ice and anti-inflammatory meds: Icing can help loosen muscles and ease pain. Along with icing, you might want to consider anti-inflammatory meds like ibuprofen for short-term relief.
Long-term strategies for managing chronic back pain with Physicians Neck & Back Center
When you think of “fixing back pain,” do you think of surgery? The reality is that there are many ways to fix chronic back pain without surgery. For many people, exercises for strength and endurance (as well as specific mobility techniques) help create a pain-free, mobile and healthy body. Getting active by doing the right kinds of exercises not only helps your overall health, but helps with longevity.
At PNBC, our doctors and rehabilitation specialists partner with you to create a program that works best for you in achieving long-term pain management. Our programs are not only based on your back pain levels, but also your mobility level, your clinical testing results and evaluation outcomes.
No two programs are the same, which means your program is uniquely designed to your health needs. And the program might change along the way (depending on your progress). It can be changed and adapted to meet your immediate and future health needs.
When can I start a PNBC program?
The sooner, the better! It’s a good time to start thinking about using those Flexible Savings Account (FSA) dollars before you lose them at the end of the year. If you’ve already reached your deductible (or almost have), it’s also a great time to consider starting a program.
Call 651-735-2225 to schedule an appointment at PNBC.