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What's the Best Way to Treat Back Pain?

By    |   Monday, 17 Mar 2014 09:52 AM

Question: I have had a back problem since 2004 and tried all types of treatment, but it still gives me some pain some times. What should I do?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
To treat your back pain, you must first understand what is causing it. Is this a structural deformity related to scoliosis or a fracture, or is this a condition related to arthritis, osteoporosis, disc disease, posture, or recurrent back strains from your occupation?
 
One treatment does not fit all cases of back pain. When you tell me you have tried all types of treatment, the inference to me is that the cause of your pain is unclear, and hence no specific treatment has been used?
 
It sounds like you need an opinion from your personal physician. Write down on a list the treatments that have been used and what the results were. Bring in any associated imaging you may have had (such as plain X-ray film, MRIs, or CAT scans). If necessary, request a referral to an orthopedic specialist for an evaluation of alternate options for pain and condition management.
 
Without knowing your age and associated conditions, I can't discuss specific back pain remedies that may apply to you. But there are more options available for back pain treatment today than ever before — including medication (topical, oral, local injection), physiotherapy (ultrasound, heat, stimulation, exercise), occupational therapy (avoidance of recurrent lifting, using an assistance device), and surgery (minimally invasive laser treatments or other techniques).
 
Your physician or an orthopedic specialist can help determine the best treatment option for you.

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