Back and neck pain
Back and neck pain are some of the most common health conditions. If you have back pain after about two months of conservative treatment options, such as anti-inflammatories and physical therapy, a consultation with our experts can help target the source of your back or neck pain and help you recover function.
Back and neck pain treatment options:
- Acupuncture: Medical acupuncture can be used to treat back pain. Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor trained and licensed in Western medicine who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice.
- Health Psychology: Psychological treatments are an important part of pain management. Understanding and managing the thoughts, emotions and behaviors that accompany the discomfort can help you cope more effectively with your pain and can reduce the intensity of your pain. Pain psychologists focus on teaching you skills such as stress management strategies so you can engage in the activities which are most meaningful to you leading to an improved quality of life.
- Medication management: We can work with your primary care provider to help manage pain through medication. We do not use narcotics to manage back pain.
- Mindfulness: If you have back or neck pain, we will work together with you to develop some lifestyle changes that may lead to a reduction in your back pain. This might include herbal and natural therapies, stress management and/or dietary changes.
- Nerve denervation: For many people with neck or low back pain, the underlying cause involves osteoarthritis of the joints in the spine, known as facet joints. Arthritis in these areas can often be treated by nerve denervation, in which the doctor uses radiofrequency energy to cauterize the nerve that transmits neck or back pain from the joints. This is a procedure that can be repeated about every 6-24 months, if needed.
- Neuromodulation (spinal cord stimulation) may help in rare or severe cases, when other therapies are not effective. Spinal cord stimulation can affect the way your nervous system processes pain, helping reduce pain and hypersensitivity.
- Physical therapy (PT): Physical therapists specialize in working with your body's musculoskeletal and nerve systems. Even if you have been through a previous course of PT, we can help evaluate your body's alignment and movement patterns that cause you pain, and design a maintenance program to keep you strong.
- Rolfing and massage are excellent therapies to help with pain control.