There are a myriad of different ways to tackle this very sensitive physiological problem. Depending on the severity and location of pain or injury in your back, your doctor might prescribe pain medication, various types of physical therapy or treatment via orthosis. Sometimes various combinations of these elements is necessary.
Pain Medication (Analgesic)
Though this is an effective way to treat acute pain, it is only a temporary solution. Pain medications function by effectively blocking pain signals originating at the site of pain from registering in the brain, usually by triggering the release of neurotransmitters. This is a sort of numbing process and does not in any way treat the underlying cause of pain. In fact, while you are effectively numb to pain, you stand the very serious risk of partaking in activity that would seriously exacerbate your condition and leave you worse off.
Another problem with pain medications is that they are often derived from very strong, naturally occurring opiates. These are potentially addictive substances and we have already seen a troublesome rise in prescription drug abuse. The body has an advanced programed mechanism to adapt to both external as well as internal changes as a survival tactic. When painkillers are introduced to the body, eventually tolerance is built up. This automatically leads to the necessity of increasing dosage over time or to the introduction of a different medication.
Finally, prolonged exposure to strong pain medications can cause liver damage and other adverse effects on the body.
Physical and Occupational Therapy
Often after traumatic injuries it is necessary to undergo extensive therapy in order to help one regain some if not all quality of life and body function. While PT’s and OT’s are probably the best choice to help one recover from a debilitating back injury, it is often not very plausible to commit to an extensive treatment program and schedule. However unless one fully commits to treatment there is little chance for recovery.
Orthotics (Back braces)
Orthotics comprises the medical discipline concerned with externally applied devices that are used to strengthen, support and correct musculoskeletal conditions. Common examples are knee, ankle and back braces. While with ankle, knee or wrist braces one has a pretty broad range of quality products to choose from, back braces represent a whole different story. Due to the pivotal nature of the spine and it’s necessity in the overall function of the entire body, it is absolutely vital to utilize only medically approved devices.
The FitBrace back brace system was designed with anatomical aspects of the back in mind. FitBrace is a medically proven back brace that is ideal for postoperative rehabilitation and does not interfere with the natural shape of the spine. Strategically placed support structures coupled with unique thermal therapy elements allow for advanced pain management treatment for a large variety of back conditions including slipped disks, spondylosis, spinal stenosis and herniated disks.