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When it comes to treating back pain, conservative methods that includes anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy are usually the prefered recovery road. However, persistent back pain, or back pain associated with weakness or radiating pain, may require further intervention. Although beneficial, surgical intervention will only be advised in certain conditions. Spine Center of Texas believes that back pain patients must first adapt conservative measures before considering spine surgery.

Some mainstays of back pain treatment plans are physical therapy, along with anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants, and medicines that reduce nerve irritation. These will be specifically tailored according to a patient’s condition. Once the more conservative treatment modalities have been tried and/or the severity of the symptoms requires further intervention, some of the following pain treatments may be appropriate.

Non-Surgical Interventional Treatments

  • Lumbar epidural steroid injections – This treatment is employed to treat generalized severe back pain in order to provide transient relief of severe back pain. This treatment may also provide prolonged relief depending on the patient’s condition.
  • Nerve root blocks – this treatment is used for both therapeutic and diagnostic purposes. This process involves the injection of medication around nerve roots that have been identified as probable pain causes.
  • Facet blocks – this is  used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Facet joints are located within the spine and often become sites of pain as a result of degeneration and injury.

To know more about your back pain treatment options, don’t hesitate to contact Spine Center of Texas.

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