Non-Surgical Treatment Options

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  • Physical therapy  
  • Exercise - a combination of strengthening, stretching, and low-impact aerobic exercise.
  • Manual manipulation - It is thought to help relieve lower back pain by reducing pressure on sensitive structures, increasing flexibility, improving blood flow and reducing muscle tension.
  • Activity modification - One of several lifestyle factors, which also include quitting smoking, weight loss, and improved ergonomics and posture.
  • Bracing 
  • Injections - Selective Nerve Root Block, Sacroiliac (SI) Joint Injection, Facet Joint Injection, Epidural steroid injection (ESI)
  • Pain Medications - Acetaminophen, NSAIDs, oral steroids, narcotic drugs, muscle relaxants, and anti-depressants.
  • Osteopathic medicine
  • Massage - Thought to improve blood flow, reducing muscle stiffness, and decrease stiffness.
  • Weight loss - One of several lifestyle factors, which also include quitting smoking, activity modification, and improved ergonomics and posture.
  • Traction - Traction is the application of a force to stretch certain parts of the body in a specific direction. Traction consists of pulleys, strings, weights, and a metal frame attached over or on the bed. The purpose of traction is to stretch the muscles and tendons around the broken bone to allow the bone ends to align and heal.
  • Ergonomics - One of several lifestyle factors, which also include quitting smoking, weight loss, activity modification, and improved posture.
  • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulators - Interfere with the transmission of pain signals sent to the lower back.