- Spectrum Medical
Non-Surgical Alternatives For Your Back
Updated: Aug 12, 2022
Back pain is the worst kind of pain. It tends to come and go, can pop up again at a moment’s notice (especially if you turn the wrong way or move too quickly), and it makes life much less fun to live. If you have back pain, then you know what we’re talking about. Sometimes it hurts to sit, sometimes to stand or even lie down, and the pain sometimes, depending on where it’s located, runs down one or both of your legs. Before you head to the nearest surgeon in order to have a full exam and schedule a procedure, you first need to try one of these non-surgical alternatives. All have a good track record of pain relief.
Disc decompression is a non-invasive procedure that relieves some of the pressure placed on the discs that make up the back. When these discs become damaged and start to bulge, then they’ll increase that pressure on everything around them. As a result, you end up with back pain. With disc decompression, this pressure is released, taking care of your pain, especially if they manage to get the bulging center of your discs back where it belongs – in the middle of your spine.
Laser therapy is much less scary than it sounds. This treatment involves using a special laser called the LCT-1000: Deep Tissue Therapy Laser. It sends charged photons into your tissues, where it stimulates them into repairing themselves. The amount of inflammation in the damaged area will go down as well, and your pain will begin to lessen. It may take more than one treatment for this to work, but the results are very good. Plus, the procedure only lasts for a few minutes even though the photons will continue to work for some time afterward.
Dry Needling on Trigger Points
If your pain stems from a pulled muscle or damaged connective tissue, then you can try dry needling. This procedure is similar to acupuncture, only it’s based on Western medicine, not Eastern philosophy. The needles are very close in nature to those used in acupuncture, but the overall treatment plan is quite different. With dry needling, the needles are placed into the myofascial layer on the trigger points in your body. They spur the damaged tissue underneath into healing, by helping blood flow through them, expelling toxins during the process. It can help your back pain, as long as that pain is caused by damaged muscles or tissues.
The letters PRP in this therapy stand for platelet-rich plasma. This substance comes from your blood, some of which is drawn from your body before the procedure begins. Your blood ends up going through a centrifuge where the platelets (the healing portion of your blood) are concentrated. Then, the platelets are combined with stem cells, which are “blank” in that they haven’t been coded to any specific type of cell. When both are injected into specific areas of your back, the stem cells will begin to repair the damage, as they can become muscle, tissue, cartilage, or anything else that’s needed.