Story by: Sara Thompson on February 21, 2023
Chronic back pain or neck pain can have many causes, including prior injury, age and overuse. Pain is considered chronic if it lasts more than three months. It can come and go, which can be frustrating. Here are some treatments for chronic back pain.
The first step is diagnosis. Your health care provider typically can get all the necessary information from a physical examination.
“We look at your ability to stand, sit down and walk,” said Kathryn J. McCarthy, M.D., spine surgeon with Norton Leatherman Spine. “We might check your reflexes and strength. In some cases, we might need to dig deeper with other tests like an X-ray.”
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Once the general cause of your back pain is determined, there are many nonsurgical options, including:
“Sometimes we try all the nonsurgical options, and there is still no relief,” Dr. McCarthy said. “When those methods have been exhausted, it might be time to discuss surgical interventions.”
You should spend time talking to your health care provider about what might be the best course of treatment for you and your specific type of chronic back pain.
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