Typically, back pain resolves on its own in a matter of days or weeks. If you’re experiencing back pain, Spine Center of Texas recommends the following alternative treatments as the first line of defense. These alternative pain treatments focus on our body’s ability to heal itself and can be done in conjunction with conventional pain treatments as part of a multidisciplinary program:
R.I.C.E. approach ( Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) – This approach can also be beneficial for soft tissue injuries. Rest is crucial to give the injured area a chance to heal. Applying ice for 20 minutes every hour can reduce inflammation and pain, while applying compression using a snug bandage can reduce swelling and help keep the blood flowing properly. Elevating the affected area can also reduce swelling and increase blood circulation.
Lumbar (Low Back) Bracing – People with low back pain can benefit from wearing a brace. It may seem uncomfortable and inconvenient, but braces can support the lower back and stabilize the lower back region after injury or surgery.
Physical Therapy – Physical therapy or functional rehabilitation enables the patients to improve and maintain functional abilities that are needed for daily living. It aims to promote mobility, function, and improve the quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention. A physical therapist will work together with the patient to come up with a program that is tailored to meet the patient’s goal.
Acupuncture – Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique from China. Specialists insert fine needles into the patient’s acupuncture points, which are called Meridians. A lot of scientific studies proved the physiological effects of acupuncture stimulation to patients with chronic and acute back pain.