The management goals when treating back pain are to achieve maximal reduction in pain intensity as rapidly as possible; to restore the individual’s ability to function in everyday activities; to help the patient cope with residual pain; to assess for side-effects of therapy; and to facilitate the patient’s passage through any impediments to recovery. For many, the goal is to keep the pain to a manageable level to progress with rehabilitation, which then can lead to long term pain relief. Also, for some people the goal is to use non-surgical therapies to manage the pain and avoid major surgery, while for others surgery may be the quickest way to feel better.
The Brentwood Chiropractic Clinic offers a wide array of treatment options for treating back pain. Laser therapy, ultrasound, Electromodalities, light force adjusting techniques, and soft tissue therapy, are just some of the available treatment options.
Not all treatments work for all conditions or for all individuals with the same condition, and many find that they need to try several treatment options to determine what works best for them. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to be an effective means to treat acute lower back pain.1,2
The present stage of the condition (acute or chronic) is also a determining factor in the choice of treatment. Only a minority of back pain patients (most estimates are 1% – 10%) require surgery.
Here are two very basic and easy exercises to be done in the early stages of acute back pain. Rest and ice (20-30 minutes, repeat every 4 hours) for the first 48 hours is also a good recommendation. After 48 hours, movement and heat modalities should be attempted.