Non-Surgical Options

Finding the right answer for you

Luckily, most back problems can be treated without surgery. Your doctor may suggest limiting activity and prescribe some pain medications or anti-inflammatory medicines. You may start seeing a physical therapist for exercises designed to strengthen the back or for other treatments. 

Conservative, non-surgical options are the first line of treatment for back pain.   

Non-surgical treatment options include:

  • Rest
  • Medications to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Physical therapy, including passive therapies such as heat, ice, massage, ultrasound,  and electrical stimulation; and active therapies such as stretching, weightlifting and cardiovascular exercises to restore motion and strength
  • Manipulation therapy
  • Braces and collars to limit motion

Take control

You can take these steps to avoid recurrent back problems:

  • Exercise regularly to keep the muscles in your back strong and flexible.
  • Stretch before exercising to help warm up your muscles.
  • Avoid standing or being in one position for too long.
  • Use proper lifting and moving techniques.
  • Get help if an object is heavy or an awkward size.
  • Don’t twist when lifting.
  • Avoid smoking. Smoking and nicotine cause the spine to degenerate faster than normal.
  • Remember what your mother said: Don’t slouch. Sit up straight.
To learn more about our back and ​neck services, call (877) 946-3604. Or find a physician by using our Find A Physician tool.