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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:
- 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
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.
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