Back pain is a widespread problem, with an estimated 80% of adults affected at some point in their lives. It can develop suddenly as a result of a muscle strain caused by heavy lifting or an accident. Or, it could be caused by conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, or scoliosis. Depending on the cause of pain, medical doctors may recommend surgery.
Are there effective back surgery alternatives available? Yes, it is possible to treat back pain without surgery! Consider the options below before deciding on surgery.
- Spinal Manipulation: Spinal manipulation, or chiropractic adjustment, involves using the hands or a small instrument to adjust, massage, or stimulate the spine, relieving nerve interference.
- Acupuncture: Acupuncture is used to treat chronic diseases to chronic pain by inserting thin needles into specific points on the body.
- Weight Loss: Being overweight increases pressure on the spine and strain of the back muscles. If weight is a contributing factor, losing pounds could help alleviate some or all of a person's back pain.
- Anti-inflammatory Diet: Some foods, especially sugary and processed foods, can make inflammation worse. Certain foods, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish, and whole grains, may help lower inflammation.
- Correcting Posture: Learning to sit and stand correctly may bring relief from pain.
- Exercise: Being active is one of the best natural treatments for many types of pain. Exercise helps release endorphins, natural brain chemicals that help stop pain by binding to opioid receptors in the brain.
- Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation: This involves a person placing sticky electrode patches onto their back which sends electrical impulses to the electrodes, interrupting pain signals.
- Stress Management: Stress can cause a person to tense their muscles, causing back pain or make existing back pain worse. Social support, meditation, and exercise can help with stress relief.
- Proper Footwear: Wearing the wrong type of footwear can cause the legs, hips, and back to misalign, leading to back pain. Custom orthotics may help relieve back pain.
- Physical Therapy: Physical therapy involves doing specific stretches and exercises to relieve tension or strengthen specific areas.
Often, a minor injury or overuse of the back muscles can result in pain. With time and the proper treatment, this pain will usually get better on its own. However, see a doctor if your back pain is accompanied by other symptoms, such as fever, numbness, foot drop, or if it occurs after an accident, see a doctor.
The DRS Protocol™, a spinal decompression therapy approved by the FDA as a back surgery alternative, works with the body to restore proper function and health. By restoring correct alignment to the structure of the spine, nerve involvement is reduced or eliminated, reducing pain and allowing the body to heal naturally.
Want to find out more about spinal decompression therapy? Contact McKim Chiropractic, either on our website or by calling one of our conveniently located offices. Our licensed and certified staff is happy to help the residents of Boise, ID, Nampa, ID, and Caldwell, ID live life pain-free!