Fortunately, most patients who experience spinal disorders can improve without the need for surgery. Back pain and neck pain are very common disorders in our society and oftentimes can be treated with rest and over-the-counter medications. If those simple measures don’t help, we can try more aggressive treatments such as temporary bracing, pain medication, and physical therapy. Many practitioners will prescribe a combination of these.
Physical therapy treatments can often be quite successful, and we also support chiropractic care in the right circumstances. Back and neck bracing can be helpful for the treatment of spasms, and when used carefully, medications can also play a role. It is important to avoid taking long-term opioid medications if possible since these medications can be addictive.
Other non-surgical treatments for spinal disorders include injections (click for further information). These can range from simple trigger point injections that can be provided in the office to targeted injections done under X-ray guidance. Usually, we will try nonsurgical treatment prior to recommending surgery except in selected circumstances.
The above information is for general education purposes only. Please ask your doctor specific questions during your visit.