The goal of treatment is to reduce pain and to enable the patients to pursue normal daily life. The treatment depends on the cause and duration of back pain. The doctor will determine the appropriate treatment for each patient. The treatment will first start with the cause of the back pain, and finding the best way to lessen pain for the patient.
In general, treatment consists of 2 main options.
- Supportive treatment: The doctor always begins the treatment with medication, physical therapy, and resting, except cases with specific indication of an alternative treatment.
- Spinal intervention: Aims to relieve or find the cause of pain. Also, helps determine the specific location in the spine from which the pain originates. This procedure is suitable for the patients who have had unsuccessful results from other conservative treatments, or those whose pain is caused by a disturbed nerve.
The doctor will consider a surgery if the patients cannot control urinating, has leg weakness, cannot walk or has had unsuccessful results from other treatments. There are many procedures depending on the patient’s condition and the indication of the surgery.