Here’s some great news: Back pain – even lower back pain – often goes away on its own in a few days or weeks. Home remedies and rest may be enough to heal you. But if the pain doesn’t go away or you’re not able to do simple movements, it’s time for expert help.
Our multidisciplinary team of physicians specializes in general back and neck pain, lower back pain, spine pain, muscle strains, herniated discs or slipped discs, bulging discs, sciatica, sciatic nerve pain, lumbar stenosis, spinal fractures, spinal tumors and many other back and spine-related conditions.
Your back pain treatment options might include:
Nonsurgical Treatment Options
- Spine physiatry – Spine physiatrists are nonsurgical spine physicians trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation. They have extra training in the diagnosis and treatment of back and spine-related conditions. For some patients, spine physiatry may involve receiving precise spinal injections that are administered under X-ray guidance.
- Pain management – Medication and other pain relieving therapies can improve your quality of life by allowing you to stay active. Through our program, you’ll be connected with specially trained non-interventional pain management physicians and specialists.
- Diagnostic services (imaging, lab)
- Rehabilitation, including:
- Physical therapy
- Spine physical therapy – Spine physical therapists have special training in spine-related conditions. They can help you reduce your pain and recover lost function through assessment, exercise, and education.
- Occupational therapy
- Work specialty therapy ergonomics
- Functional capacity evaluation
- Integrative medicine
- Acupuncture originated in ancient China and is rooted in the biophysical model of health care. At Aurora, our certified acupuncturists insert very fine needles into skin to stimulate the body’s natural healing response, which can help alleviate distressing physical, emotional and mental symptoms associated with back pain. Dry needling is a similar process that takes a biomedical approach, in which physical therapists use acupuncture needles to alleviate the physical symptoms of back pain.
- Chiropractic – Chiropractors with specialized training in spine manipulation can tailor your treatment to your specific spinal condition, helping to reduce or eliminate back pain altogether.
- Craniosacral therapy – This touch-based therapy is used to heal and enhance the craniosacral system, which consists of the membranes and fluid that surround the brain and spine.
- Massage therapy – Massage can alleviate back pain by decreasing stress and muscle tightness and increasing blood flow to the affected area.
- Behavioral health – Because the mind and body are intrinsically linked, mental and emotional stress can trigger physical back problems. Working with a behavioral health and pain psychologist to improve your emotional and mental state can often relieve back pain.
- Interventional pain – When less invasive options aren’t helping, X-ray guided spinal injections given by pain fellowship-trained anesthesiologists can help with chronic spinal pain. For instance, an epidural injection is one type of spinal injection that may provide relief from chronic pain.
- Community-based services, including:
- Tai chi
- Support groups
Surgical Treatment Options
- Spine Surgery
- Anterior Cervical Disectomy and Fusion
- Lumbar Spinal Fusion
- Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS)
- Robotic Spine Surgery