Although it may seem that you’re the only one suffering from debilitating pain, the truth is that doctors at Community First ER work with patients like you every day who seek help for chronic back pain relief.
Defining Chronic Back Pain
It’s not uncommon for someone to experience some form of back pain at some point in their life. It could be from a day of over-exerting in the garden, or restless nights sleeping in an uncomfortable bed. Temporary back pain is not uncommon and easy to manage with over-the-counter pain medications. But any pain that lingers for three months or more is the condition known as chronic back pain – and it’s caused many people to search for an “emergency room near me” when they can no longer manage the pain on their own.
Relief is Closer Than You Think
Whether you’re looking for relief in the management of muscle aches or ongoing treatment for insidious pain, there are one or more treatment modalities that your medical staff may recommend to ease your suffering.
A Short-Term Solution: Injection-Based Treatments
Injection-based treatments such as nerve blocks, epidural steroid injections, and nerve ablations are commonly used to treat chronic back pain and have helped countless patients find temporary relief from their pain so they can focus on other treatments such as increasing the strength of their core muscles. Keep in mind that injections are not intended as a long-term solution to alleviate pain.
Physical Therapy to the Rescue
As mentioned, the strengthening of your core muscles is an important companion to back pain treatment. Your health care professional can either make recommendations for at-home exercises or refer you to a board-certified physical therapist to assist in your specific needs. Either way, you’ll receive a customized treatment plan specific to your needs such as stretching and core strengthening.
Stay Flexible to Other Options
If you haven’t yet considered other options such as acupuncture or laser therapy, you might want to discuss these types of beneficial alternative treatments with your physician or physical therapist. Studies support their effectiveness in helping individuals of all ages with their pain management goals.