Drug-Free Solutions to Chronic Back Pain

Millions of Americans live with chronic back pain. According to the American College of Physicians, lower back pain is the number one reason that people visit the doctor. Sedentary lifestyles, obesity, and poor posture are contributing factors to this ongoing problem. Treating this chronic back pain can be a significant challenge.

Although prescription pain medications, including opioids, can treat the pain, they’re addictive and aren’t a good long-term solution for most people. Fortunately, there are numerous drug-free pain relief options you can use instead.

Our team at Empower Medical Center uses a variety of drug-free options to treat back pain for our patients in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Physical therapy

Exercise and physical therapy are both highly beneficial for back pain. Many cases of lower back pain are attributable to poor core strength and lack of exercise. Physical therapy can strengthen the lower back and reduce related pain.

An exercise or physical therapy program should be administered by a doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist because inappropriate exercise can make back pain worse. However, the right combination of exercises can significantly improve back pain.

Trigger point therapy

Trigger point therapy sounds intimidating, but it’s not, and it can offer a lot of relief. This type of therapy treats specific pressure points on the body called trigger points. Many cases of low back pain may be related to myofascial pain syndrome, which can be resolved by trigger point therapy.

Muscle pain is often triggered by specific points in the body, which can cause pain in a larger area. When performed by a qualified practitioner, trigger point therapy can offer a substantial amount of relief from chronic pain.  

Chiropractic care

Low back pain tends to be chronic and may be difficult to resolve. Most mainstream medical treatments just mask the problem. Chiropractic care looks at fixing the underlying problems to improve spinal alignment and relieve the pain.

Chiropractic care is often very effective in treating lower back pain. As many as one-third of chiropractic patients are seeking relief from back pain, and spinal manipulation is helpful in providing relief.

Spinal decompression therapy is a form of chiropractic care that relieves pressure on the spinal discs. Our Dr. Long is skilled at providing spinal decompression treatment using the DRS protocol. 

Other forms of chiropractic care can also help with chronic back pain, including electrical stimulation, heat therapy, cold therapy, and deep tissue massage. 

Lower back pain is a common, chronic problem, but you don’t have to needlessly suffer with it. For back pain treatment without drugs, call our office or make an appointment online to get on the road to recovery today.

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