For many years in this country, opioid use and addiction have been out of control, which means healthcare providers everywhere have been scrambling to come up with better ways to treat pain than simply dishing out the pain meds. In fact, the American College of Physicians (ACP) has been fundamental in leading this charge in recent years, and even released new guidelines for treating low back pain with more conservative treatment techniques – the guidelines and evidence supporting them can be found in the Annals of Internal Medicine. According to the ACP, the following suggestions are strongly recommended:
For Acute/Subacute Low Back Pain
Patients who are experiencing any acute or subacute low back pain should be advised that this type of pain often resolves itself on its own over time regardless of intervention. Simply resting and applying heat to the affected area can go a long way in promoting healing. If, of course, the pain is persistent and affecting other areas of your life, you can also take advantage of massage therapy, chiropractic care, and other safe, non-invasive spinal manipulation techniques for superior relief, like those offered at Balanced Health & Wellness.
For Chronic/Severe Low Back Pain
Patients who are suffering from chronic low back pain typically have some kind of underlying condition or problem causing the discomfort, which can be pretty tricky to resolve. However, by keeping your spine strong and utilizing a combination of exercise, reducing inflammation with help from our nutritional counseling, chiropractic care, massage therapy, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, spinal manipulation, and mindful stress reduction and cognitive behavioral therapies, you can easily treat the root cause of your condition and likely dramatically reduce the intensity of your low back pain – all of which can be done under the supervision of health and wellness specialists like ours at Balanced Health & Wellness.
For Low Back Pain That Is Non-Responsive To Non-Drug Therapies
For conditions that are beyond exercise and massage therapy, pharmaceutical intervention may be considered. However, healthcare professionals are urged to opt for anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and muscle relaxants first before attempting any other stronger medicinal treatments. Specifically, the ACP recommends the use of NSAIDs as “first-line therapy” in these cases, with medications like tramadol and duloxetine being used for “second-line therapy” only. At no point should opioids be considered a patient’s first option against low back pain, and even if it is considered as a last resort, the physician must first ensure the benefits outweigh the risks and that the patient is fully aware of all potential side effects.
If you suffer from low back pain and would like to learn more about spinal manipulation, chiropractic care, massage therapy, and other holistic health techniques; or to experience their remarkable healing powers for yourself, reach out to our experienced wellness staff at Balanced Health & Wellness today at 248.397.8122 or simply fill out the form in the sidebar to schedule your appointment.