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Common Treatments for Spinal Pain

Spinal pain is quite common, but its debilitating effects are always a cause for concern. It can manifest in two ways: pain in the lumbar region or lower back and pain in the cervical region or neck area. Because of their function of carrying weight and balance, these two areas are particularly prone to injury and damage. Treating spinal pain is crucial because it hinders routine day-to-day tasks. Also, if it goes unaddressed, spinal pain can get worse with time.

What Causes Spinal Pain?

The back is a vast area of the body with a complex structure composed of muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons. Any of these parts has the potential to create spinal problems and pain. The soft tissues which make up the back area are prone to wear and tear due to exertion, poor posture, physical stress, and injury. This type of spinal pain is common and afflicts a lot of people.

The spine is also composed of a vast network of sensitive nerves. Compression or pinching of spinal nerves causes pain that spreads not just to the back but also to other limbs, like the legs and feet.

Structural problems like ruptured discs (the cartilage padding that cushions spine segments) are also common causes of spinal pain. Deterioration of spinal discs or bone-related issues may lead to an unstable spinal structure and more problems beyond pain.

How Do You Treat Spinal Pain?

Spinal pain that radiates to other parts of the body is typically first treated through nonsurgical means such as epidural injections. There are two types of epidural injections: cervical epidural injection and lumbar epidural injection. These injections are designed to ease pain caused by nerve-related issues in specific areas of the spine.

Spinal pain and other related conditions may also require pain management. Some people opt for physiatrist treatment when dealing with conditions that cause spinal pain, such as spinal cord injuries and sports or work-related injuries, among others. Physical medicine and rehabilitation (or PM&R) is perfect for those who prefer nonsurgical treatments yet want considerable pain relief for a longer period. It involves treatments like progressive strengthening exercises, work conditioning, and therapeutic injections for pain and swelling, to name a few.

Dealing with spinal pain can be severe and stressful, and treatments are designed primarily to relieve pain. For surgical treatments, options are available depending on the condition. When a fractured vertebra is involved, bone cement can be used to relieve back pain through vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty procedures. Meanwhile, spinal cord stimulation involves surgically implanting a device in the body, which uses electrical pulses to control pain.

Spinal Pain Treatment in the Pacific Northwest

When it comes to comprehensive healthcare and spinal pain treatment, Lynx Healthcare is the best choice. Since our inception, we have grown from a single-specialty clinic to a multispecialty practice with many clinics across the Pacific Northwest.

Schedule an appointment with us now to access quality medical services and find relief from your spinal pain today. Call us at (509) 591-0070 or visit one of our clinics.

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