The first step toward effective treatment is fully understanding the problem.
Our orthopedic specialists will perform a thorough evaluation, including a review of your medical history and listening to you provide important information about when you started noticing your symptoms, how they are affecting your life, etc.
It is also common to expect testing or diagnostics to be ordered to confirm certain diagnoses. We may use X-rays or MRI equipment to get a clearer, fuller view of the situation.
Depending on what we discover about the condition, we may recommend several courses of treatment. While orthopedic surgery may be our recommendation in some cases, our goal is always to exhaust or rule out conservative options before reaching that point.
Nonsurgical treatments for neck pain and back pain may include:
- Heat or cold therapy
- Physical therapy – specific exercises and/or stretches to strengthen muscles and ease pain
- Anti-inflammatory medications and/or muscle relaxants
- Braces for extra support
- Injections for pain relief in the area
- Class IV laser therapy for pain relief and accelerated recovery
- Aerobic exercise (may be incorporated later in the treatment process)
When acute back pain is the culprit, simple medication, rest and hot/cold therapy tend to be sufficient. Special exercises are typically not necessary.
More chronic, severe, or incapacitating cases of back or neck pain will often require a stricter rehabilitation program suited to your needs. The goals will be to return you to the highest level of mobility and function possible, while still managing pain and discomfort effectively.