Initial evaluation and treatment can be straightforward, and should include some or all of the following modalities:
- Chiropractic, which addresses structural issues that may be causing the back pain.
- Warm and cold compresses.
- Anti-inflammatory botanicals such as ginger, turmeric, and cayenne.
- Enzymes, which can also reduce inflammation.
Only if these modalities are not proving successful should one begin to consider more drastic treatments such as pharmaceutical opiates or muscle relaxants, or, if all else fails, surgery. This last should only be considered as a last resort; the success rate of surgery to help back pain is not ideal. In fact, there is actually an insurance code called post-surgical spine syndrome.
Again, when treating low back pain, be prudent, be conservative, and start with the modalities listed first here!
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