by Dr. Michael Baranov, PT, November 20, 2015
If you suffer from back pain, getting help is one of the most important things you need to do. and you should start by finding a specialist. The right specialist will ensure you get the best back pain treatment for your needs, helping you return to your normal and pain-free life.
Back pain can be caused by many things, including herniated discs, Scoliosis, pregnancy, injury, etc. Not only is it painful, but more likely than not, it also affects even mundane tasks in your daily life – from bending over to pick up the newspaper, to reaching above your head when changing a light bulb.
Websites like Mercola, while sometimes a bit too promotional, often do a good job of pointing out some of the problems with drug treatments for back pain.
The Dangers of Drugs for Back Pain Treatment
Back Pain Medications
Conventional health care practitioners are quick to prescribe medications like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), acetaminophen, and even opioids for chronic pain. But even if these medications can provide immediate back pain relief, their effect is only temporary – the pain will come back sooner or later and in some cases will cause hyperalgesia, or increased sensitivity to pain!
What’s more, medications touted to provide back pain relief are saddled with severe side effects. For example, NSAIDs, one of the most commonly prescribed drugs on the market, not only put you at a two- to four-fold higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular problems, but may also cause:
- Severe gastrointestinal problems, like digestive tract bleeding
- Increased blood pressure
- Kidney problems
Be mindful that these life-threatening side effects of painkillers are not restricted to prescription NSAIDs, but may also come from over-the-counter drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen.
Opioid painkillers which are also commonly prescribed for back pain relief, also have a highly addictive nature. In fact, opioids are among the most commonly abused prescription drugs today, and are a leading contributor to the increasing rates of fatal prescription drug overdoses. This is why back pain is now one of the primary reasons why so many American adults get addicted to painkillers.
The bottom line is that painkillers always come with risks. Unfortunately, if you consult your conventional physician about your chronic back pain, he will often prescribe a long-term treatment plan that may include anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants and possibly other types of pain medication or even anti-seizure drugs – a poisonous chemical cocktail that will put your health at severe risk!
Try Seeking Out an Alternative Treatment
Depending on the severity of your back pain, your treatment could be one or more of these three alternatives:
1. Physical Therapy. Depending on what is causing your back pain, physical therapy is a great option. It can provide the relief that you need, and physical therapists can take advantage of exercises to strengthen your back, increase your range of motion, and even restore your balance. Manual Therapy helps with the soft tissue, allowing you to heal faster. Physical therapists in Fresh Meadows do not only treat you for short-term relief, but prepare you for long-term improvement by providing exercises and tips to use in the future in case your condition should flare up.
2. DTS- Spinal Decompression Therapy. DTS is traction, which takes place on a specially-designed table to help stretch the spinal vertebrae. This helps to gently pull the vertebrae apart, which shifts the ones that are putting pressure on discs or nerves and can alleviate significant pain. Spinal Decompression Therapy can be very effective. In fact, you will feel its results in five visits or less for most muscle, nerve, and joint pain.
3. Acupuncture Service. You may not know this, but acupuncture can help treat your back pain. In fact, this traditional Chinese Medicine helps alleviate chronic pain. When you come in, our experts will develop a course of treatment for you, and will use the combination of various pressure points to stimulate and increase effectiveness of your healing. This treatment has little to no side effects, and can be used in conjunction with other treatments to help provide you with back pain relief.
When you suffer from back pain, you need help that benefits you both in the short-term and the long-term. The right back pain treatment will ensure that pain relief and health improvement is in your future. If you are in need of back pain treatment in Fresh Meadows, contact us.