Back Pain Treatment Options
Lower back pain is a very common problem that can severely affect the lives of both young active sportspeople as well as older patients with degenerative back problems. Find out about short and long-term treatments and more from the Pain Relief Clinic.
Short-term Back Pain Treatments
While many cases of back pain last only for a short period of time and recover with some medications and rest, others persist despite multiple treatments and even acupuncture, massages and alternative therapies.
For simple cases of low back pain, basic home treatments that can help include:
• Rest – Lie down in a comfortable and natural position. Use pillows for support
• Ice or Heat Pack – Either are fine as long as it makes a person feel better.
• Gentle Massages – For pain related to muscle tightness, gentle massage of the surrounding muscles can help loosen them up.
For more severe cases of lower back pain, other good treatments include:
Our physiotherapists provide physiotherapy to treat back pain at our clinic in Singapore.
While medical doctors generally focus on diagnosis and prescribing pain medications, a good physiotherapist can help by reducing the tension in the spine through spinal mobilisation, medical massages, and corrective exercises that help restore spine alignment.
While it is generally not a good idea to be on long term painkillers due to their potential side effects, when appropriately used, some medications are effective in treating back pain.
Most pain medications fall into a few broad groups:
Anti-inflammatory medications, muscle relaxants and analgesics.
Non-surgical Spinal Decompression is a back pain treatment which utilises an FDA cleared treatment bed to apply distraction forces to spinal structures in a precise and graduated manner. The process gently stretches the spine and reduces the pressures in the spinal discs responsible for back pain.
One of the more established but less commonly available back pain treatments is shockwave therapy. Using high energy acoustic waves, this externally stimulates tissue repair and pain relief in many patients with persistent back pain.
If you are suffering from back pain, or if your condition has not improved after going through standard treatments and may need to consider spine surgery, you can contact us to provide a customised back pain treatment.
Drop us a call at +65 6732 2397 or leave a message below to speak to our doctor.