Chronic Spine Pain Management

Managing chronic spine and back pain requires a certain mindset, and often the support of family, loved ones and others who are experiencing the same condition. We at Texas Spine Center are here to help manage your neck and back pain.

Dr. Siddiqi and his staff may recommend one or more of the following techniques to assist in the non-operative care of chronic spine pain management:

Comprehensive diagnostic evaluation of spine and back area:

The first step in managing chronic spine pain is to receive a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation to determine the severity of the pain, as well as determine a recommended treatment plan.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Chronic Back Pain

Physical therapy:

Both active and passive physical therapy treatments are helpful in managing chronic spine pain.

Occupational therapy:
Occupational therapy differs from physical therapy in that it is intended to help patients whose daily lives have been significantly affected by a health condition. Occupational therapists help patients achieve a higher level of independence by working with them to develop creative alternatives to carrying out daily activities when skill and strength cannot be developed or improved. Dr. Siddiqi will refer you to an occupational therapist if your condition requires advanced assistance.

Psychological evaluation:
In some cases, Dr. Siddiqi may recommend a psychological evaluation to aid in the treatment of chronic spine pain. According to Manchikanti (Laxmaiah Manchikanti, MD, et al., April 2002, Pain Physician) somatization, generalized anxiety disorder and depression are the three most common psychological factors in patients who suffer from chronic low back pain. Dr. Siddiqi will discuss these factors with you in more detail during your initial consultation.

Yoga and relaxation:
Many aspects of yoga or Pilates are ideal for treating back and neck pain, specifically improving your strength, flexibility and endurance, which are essential elements to almost all back pain treatment programs. Also, the breathing and meditation aspects of yoga help induce a relaxation response that can minimize your pain.

Many aspects of yoga or Pilates are ideal for treating back and neck pain, specifically improving your strength, flexibility and endurance, which are essential elements to almost all back pain treatment programs. Also, the breathing and meditation aspects of yoga help induce a relaxation response that can minimize your pain.

Eat right and get enough sleep:
Practicing good nutrition can aid in your overall back pain healing process. Eating foods rich in protein is essential to healing soft tissue, and fresh fruits and vegetables provide vitamins and other elements necessary for effective healing.

Sleep also is a critical component in the healing process. Increased physical activity can create a need for deep sleep that is so important for both physical and emotional healing.

Stretch your hamstrings:
The hamstring is the large muscle in the back of your thighs. Because tight hamstrings are associated with lower back pain, a simple thing to get in the habit of doing is stretching your hamstrings to help keep your lower back healthy. At least one to two times per day you should apply even pressure to lengthen the hamstring muscle for 30-45 seconds at a time.

Back Injury Medication:

Both non-prescription and prescription medications are used to treat lower back pain. Non-prescription acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID's) are the most commonly recommended medications to alleviate lower back pain. Both types of medications may be taken at the same time, as they work differently in the body to relieve pain.

Prescription medications such as narcotic pain medications and muscle relaxants also may help alleviate pain, but should only be used for a short period of time. Antidepressants or anti-seizure medications also can help and can be taken on a long-term basis.

Before taking any medications, be sure to discuss your pain and symptoms with Dr. Siddiqi.

Spinal Injection treatments:

Spinal injections also are an option in treating chronic spine pain. These injections deliver steroids directly to the area of pain to help decrease inflammation that causes the pain. Find more information on spinal injection treatments.

Dr. Siddiqi and his staff at the Texas Spine Center will discuss non-operative treatment options with you to determine a course of therapy that is right for you.

 

To learn more, please call 281-469-0339 or fill out our contact form for Chronic Back Pain relief and we will be in touch with you.