Chronic back pain is unfortunately a common condition among adults. One-half of working Americans report having back pain symptoms each year, and it’s one of the leading causes for missed work.
When you experience chronic back pain, it’s important to work with a doctor who will develop an individualized treatment plan. Alleviating your pain through nonsurgical approaches should be the top priority – leaving back surgery as the last possible option.
The Len Cerullo Method to pain management is holistic and personalized. Depending on your pain and its causes, we recommend a care plan that fits your needs and avoids surgery unless absolutely necessary.
Nonsurgical Approaches for Treating Back Pain
A Healthy Diet
What you eat may be contributing to your chronic back pain. Certain foods – such as those high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, and other processed ingredients – can increase inflammation in the body and exacerbate your pain. Other foods, like fresh vegetables, whole grains, and nuts, can help you ameliorate symptoms.
Adopting a healthy diet may also lead to weight loss, which can reduce the pressure on your spine and joints and decrease your pain.
While some forms of exercise may be challenging when you have chronic back pain, there are plenty of others that can be modified to your mobility. Regular exercise helps you strengthen and stretch your muscles, as well as keep blood pumping throughout your body. Activities like walking, pilates, yoga, and water aerobics are all good forms of exercise that aren’t too taxing on your back.
Often a successful alternative to opioids, physical therapy is a crucial part of a pain management treatment plan. Your physical therapist will work with you to improve your flexibility, mobility, and strength through techniques including manual manipulations, low-impact exercises, and educational resources.
For nerve-related back pain, such as sciatica, steroid injections can be very effective as a form of treatment. Injections, administered as an outpatient procedure by your doctor, can calm inflammation and ease pain from an irritated nerve.
Learn more about The Len Cerullo Method’s approach to pain management without surgery.