Now Offering Spinal Care Services!
Just for you – a specialized non-surgical spine treatment service is available for all patients in our Joplin office! Why wait weeks to see a specialist? This first and only comprehensive service of its kind offers patients:
Pain management options
- Physical therapy
- X-ray/CT/MRI imaging
- Surgical assessment and referral for fast-tracking
- Rapid access appointments
The back and spine are designed to provide a great deal of strength, protecting the highly sensitive spinal cord and nerve roots, yet flexible, providing for mobility in all directions.
There are many different parts of the spine that can produce back pain, such as irritation to the large nerve roots that run down the legs and arms, irritation to small nerves inside the spine, strains to the large back muscles, as well as any injury to the disc, bones, joints or ligaments in the spine.
Acute back pain comes on suddenly and usually lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Chronic back pain is typically describe as lasting for more than three months.
Back pain can take on a wide variety of characteristics:
- The pain may be constant, intermittent, or only occur with certain positions or activities
- The pain may remain in one spot or refer or radiate to other areas
- It may be a dull ache, or a sharp or piercing or burning sensation
- The problem may be in the neck or low back, but may radiate into the leg or foot (sciatica), arm or hand
Non-Surgical Treatment Options
- Exercise – regular exercise can help with stiffness and improve flexibility, as well as help you maintain a healthy weight, meaning less stress on your spine. When exercising with back pain, it’s important to begin with gentle exercises and gradually increase the intensity as your pain improves.
- Physical therapy – a physical therapist can work with you to relieve your back pain and teach you exercises that can improve flexibility. Stretching and strengthening exercises along with gentle aerobic activity can relieve pain and stiffness, lower stress levels and help to regain full range of motion. You will also learn techniques for proper lifting and better posture that can also help with back pain.
- Heat and cold packs – alternating heat and cold packs to decrease pain and inflammation and to relieve muscle tension is a common method of non-surgical spinal care.
- Over-the-counter pain medications – occasional use of acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help manage back pain and inflammation.
- Electrotherapy – this type of non-surgical spinal care uses low-voltage electric stimulation to relieve back pain.
- Massage therapy – manual manipulation of the muscles using massage therapy techniques may provide pain relief and help loosen up stiff muscles.
- Injections – injecting corticosteroid medication into the affected area of the spine can provide temporary pain relief for moderate back pain.
The Benefits of Non-Surgical Treatment
The benefits of non-surgical treatments for back pain begins with the ability to manage your pain, enabling you to move toward living a full and active life. Other benefits of non-surgical treatments for back pain include:
- The ability to work while treating your back pain
- Improved flexibility and range of motion (ROM)
- Learning how to prevent back injuries in the future