Approximately 8 out of 10 adults experience back pain at some point in their lives. For many, back pain can be uncomfortable to live with. Thankfully, most people find relief from back pain with a combination of rest and over-the-counter pain medications. There are two main types of these medications: nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and acetaminophen. Both may help relieve pain, although NSAIDs specifically target the inflammation that causes swelling.
Additionally, some find a measure of relief from lower back pain by using a heating pad, while others may experience more relief using an ice pack.
Exercise is always a strong contributor to good health, including pain relief if done properly. Low-impact exercise, such as walking, swimming or simple stretching, promotes healing and increases blood flow. Lack of movement can cause the muscles around your spine to stiffen or weaken, resulting in more back pain.
Most providers recommend a multipronged approach to managing back pain. Depending on the underlying cause of pain, our practitioner may advise trying home remedies first.
If at-home treatments don’t work, you may be advised to try medical treatments such as physical therapy or spinal injections.
If you are suffering from neck and back pain, trigger-point injections can help provide relief, especially if your symptoms are being caused by knotted muscles. A “trigger point” is the term used to describe these areas of tight, knotted muscles.
A trigger-point injection usually contains an anesthetic and a steroid, which can help alleviate the pain. These injections usually work best in conjunction with other conservative methods such as physical therapy.
The pain relief delivered by a trigger-point injection is felt throughout the body, so it relieves discomfort in other areas as well. Once you have achieved pain relief, you should experience the ability to move around again without discomfort.
Reported side effects from trigger-point injections include temporary soreness or numbness.
Trigger-point injection treatment is nonsurgical and so it does not involve downtime or recovery. You should be able to go about your day as you would normally, and the effects of the treatment are immediate.
Trigger-point injections can help to treat many different health conditions in addition to neck and back pain, including carpal tunnel syndrome, temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ), fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, sciatica, and sports injuries.
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Don’t let another day go by without experiencing great relief from your back pain!