Lower back pain treatments: Non-drug therapies that work

Treatment for back pain is an expensive problem, and millions of Americans suffer from either chronic or acute lower back pain. But lower back pain isn’t something you just have to live with or treat with a lifetime of pills — there are myriad options for treatment which can help alleviate pain.

Lower back pain may be the result of many underlying causes, including aging, traumatic injury, and even diabetes — and yet most lower back pain is treated in the same way, with anti-inflammatory or narcotic medications, which can have unwanted side effects, can be expensive and habit-forming. Consult your healthcare provider to find out what issues may be at hand.

Proven-effective, non-drug-related lower back pain treatments can include physical therapy, complementary and alternative medicine, cognitive behavioral therapies or even diagnostic and therapeutic interventions that help us understand where the pain is generated and how best to treat it.  Often, the best solutions involve personalizing a plan that includes multiple approaches.

Visiting a true multidisciplinary pain management practice can help open doors to new and different methods of treatment. If you’re experiencing persistent lower back pain, consider scheduling a consultation with the board certified pain doctors at the Washington Center for Pain Management, who may be able to help you explore your options.

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