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Chronic Low Back Pain Treatment Information
Our physicians offer a wide range of treatments for chronic low back pain so you can find the option that best fits your lifestyle:
- Narcotic pain medicines. Oral pain medicines may provide relief for your back pain. The medicines can be combined with other therapies to increase your chances of pain relief. Because narcotic pain medicines can cause side effects such as dizziness, nausea and dependence, you should take the medicine exactly as your physician prescribes.
- Antidepressants. Chronic pain can cause depression and anxiety. These conditions keep you from experiencing the full effectiveness of your pain treatment. If you begin feeling depressed or anxious, our physicians may prescribe antidepressants to improve your quality of life and help your pain treatments work better for you.
- Psychological counseling. Psychological counseling from an expert psychiatrist or psychologist may help you cope with pain. You may also be referred to support groups for people experiencing chronic pain. Your counselor teaches you strategies for getting through difficult days, dealing with pain and staying positive. Learning to cope and staying positive can improve treatment results.
- Injection therapy. Steroids reduce inflammation and swelling in your back, reducing pain. By injecting steroid medicines directly into the problem area causing your pain, you may experience longer-lasting relief. Steroids can have side effects such as elevated blood pressure or weight gain, so you should work with your physician to manage any of these problems. Injections can be repeated multiple times.
- Physical therapy. When pain is caused by joint or muscle problems, physical therapy helps you strengthen back muscles or recover from back injuries. Physical therapists use exercises, stretches, hot and cold therapy and other techniques to ease your muscles. They also teach you proper techniques for lifting, reaching and other activities that commonly lead to back injuries.
- Referral to surgical specialists. In some cases, you may benefit from a surgical procedure to correct back pain. Our physicians can refer you to our expert orthopedic or neurosurgery specialists who perform advanced spinal surgeries to relieve pain.
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Chronic Low Back Pain Support Services
Explore the websites below to learn more about the causes and treatments of chronic low back pain:
A Sampling of Chronic Low Back Pain Support Services
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
This website explains the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain.
Learn about the causes of low back pain and their treatments on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.