Victory Pain Center Weighs in on Alternative Treatments for Back Pain
Many patients turn to Victory Pain Center in Southern Florida when they are experiencing chronic back pain. It is a condition that interferes with their daily life and activities. For some, it even impacts their ability to work. A recent article in MPN Now highlights the multiple treatment options available to those who suffer from this condition. Victory Pain Center offers its insight into these methods and provides some of its own suggestions.
Back pain is something that most individuals experience at some point in their life. For some, it comes and goes. For others, it sticks around. It is a common reason to pay a visit to the doctor or take a day or two off of work. Treating pain with medication may simply mask the problem, not treat the true cause. Several forms of alternative therapy can provide more beneficial and long-lasting relief.
One of the most common reasons that patients seek the help of chiropractors is to deal with back pain. Studies have shown that in some cases, seeing a chiropractor is “more effective than surgery, exercise, physical therapy and pain medication.” It is a treatment method that is well researched and studied. Inflammation and irritation of nerves in the spine is reduced as the spine is adjusted. Patients regain normal joint motion. Some chiropractors also employ strategies such as laser therapy, acupressure or massage therapy and may recommend various exercises to help as well.
Many individuals tie chiropractors to lower back pain, but these professionals can also treat neck pain and headaches. Chiropractors often offer a wide range of services and are trained to recognize when additional care is needed. They often refer patients to advanced imaging services or other care options.
When used in conjunction with other forms of therapy, acupuncture can provide relief. Tiny acupuncture needles are inserted in specific points on the body along different energy pathways. It is a traditional Chinese form of medicine. The principle is that the needles reduce pain by unblocking energy along these pathways. The practice may also “release natural pain-relieving opioids, send signals to the sympathetic nervous system and release neurochemicals and hormones.”
A third type of alternative treatment is massage therapy. Through massage, tense muscles become more relaxed, reducing the feeling of pain. It can also help to reduce trigger points, which are often the cause of recurrent or referred pain. A 2009 study published in “Spine” revealed that massage may prove “beneficial for patients with sub-acute and chronic nonspecific low back pain, especially when combined with exercises and education.” Women may find it helpful for relieving lower back pain associated with pregnancy. In addition to reducing pain, massage therapy is useful for dealing with the anxiety and depression that chronic pain may cause.
For individuals looking for a more engaging form of treatment, yoga or tai chi may be useful options. These forms of treatment focus on improving flexibility, strength and balance. All three are important in daily living. The motions and skills learned can not only help to treat pain but also to prevent it entirely. Having improved balance, strength and mobility can also lead to a reduced chance of injury. Yoga is performed through holding different poses, which creates balance in the body. Tai chi uses a combination of meditation and deep breathing along with slow, graceful movements. It is actually an ancient form of martial arts.
One cause of chronic back pain may come from poor posture. The Alexander Technique of therapy aims to improve posture. It helps people to stop slouching and hold their body in a position that is more natural and does not result in pain and muscle tension. As poor posture and bad habits cause more pain, they can also lead to decreased mobility. Taking actions to correct this can improve mobility and reduce future pain.
The final type of alternative treatment comes in the form of meditation. It is a practice that has existed for centuries and promotes physical and mental relaxation. Meditation can help to “increase pain tolerance and promote management of chronic pain.” Patients can learn to more effectively deal with and overcome their pain.
“Alternative treatment methods can be very beneficial, but they are not the right choice for everyone,” shares a spokesperson from Victory Pain Center. “Many patients try several forms of treatment to see what works best for their particular pain. They may opt for a combination of more than one therapy to gain the most relief. Depending on the root cause of their pain, some treatments are more appropriate than others.”
The professionals at Victory Pain Center recommend that patients seek the advice of their doctor before deciding on a treatment. “Once the doctor has determined the cause of the pain and whether it is due to a specific medical condition or something else, then they can help guide the patient toward treatment. We have found a lot of success using injections and methods such as Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy (IDET). They provide patients with beneficial relief from their pain and allow them to get back to their daily lives.”
IDET is a form of minimally invasive treatment. When nerve fibers shift and protrude into the spinal disc instead of remaining outside, pain may result. Targeted nerve fibers are heated and destroyed, thus reducing pain and irritation. This type of treatment is generally considered once other treatments have failed to provide adequate or continued relief. It is not appropriate for all patients.
“We work with patients on an individual basis to create a treatment plan that meets their specific needs,” says a Victory Pain Center representative.
Victory Pain Center is an interventional pain management center located in South Florida. Physicians provide patients with personalized care and attention aimed at reducing pain, improving function and maximizing quality of life. The practice treats patients from teenagers to senior citizens. Physicians are trained to diagnose and treat both acute and chronic pain syndromes. Some areas of focus include: low back pain, herniated disks, neuropathic pain, work-related injuries, trigeminal neuralgia, fibromyalgia and cancer pain. Patients are treated using a wide variety of methods to meet their specific needs.