Most spinal disorders don’t necessitate surgical intervention. Which means that a majority of spinal issues can be treated without surgery (or, at the very least, non-surgical care). Each case and every patient is different, so any treatment plan recommended should be tailored to the individual patient and his or her particular circumstances. For some, treatment might be more intense than for others. The type and severity of pain dictate how much treatment is needed and how long it will take. As a general rule, however, most people only need assistance with movement and alignment issues to improve their quality of life.
Spinal pain usually occurs between the bottom of the spine and the wall of the upper neck. While this is where most people first experience discomfort, other conditions can cause pain along different areas of the spine. Pain that persists beyond a few days or weeks, or radiates from a single area to the other parts of the body, such as the low back or the arms and shoulders, is considered a chronic condition. In such cases, the best course of treatment is to see a doctor for an assessment of the underlying medical cause. Treatment of spinal pain
Treatment for spinal deterioration generally involves non-invasive techniques, such as physical therapy and pharmacological therapies. Physical therapy works to strengthen weak muscles, improve circulation to the area, and increase mobility. This allows patients to move more easily and to perform everyday tasks with minimal difficulty. Common exercises for low back pain, such as stretching and passive back arching, are effective but should be done only under the supervision of a health care provider.
For patients who are suffering from back pain caused by muscle dysfunction, non-invasive procedures may provide relief. For example, spinal decompression, a minimally invasive technique, can treat non-innocuous disc herniation and bulging vertebrae. Trigger point therapy treats conditions caused by irritation of the nerve roots resulting in leg pain. A qualified chiropractor may be able to recommend an appropriate and safe treatment regimen for leg pain caused by trigger points.
In most cases, patients suffering from low back pain do not require surgery. In some extreme cases, severe spinal deterioration may require invasive techniques, including microdiscectomy and laminectomy. In most other cases, patients can return to work, school and other activities fairly quickly with no restrictions. Regular physical therapy combined with prescribed treatments, such as a specialized exercise program, can help maintain optimal mobility and function over time.
Although there are many options for treatment of spinal degeneration, patients should not hesitate to consult a licensed physician. Proper treatment can significantly improve long-term back health. Be patient, however, as long-term treatment for back pain is sometimes necessary. Because of the tremendous pain, it is often advisable to discuss treatment options with a specialist in chiropractic medicine before embarking on a course of treatment. The success of your treatment will depend greatly on the type and severity of your condition.