Health Watch — Back Pain: Non-Surgical Treatments

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about treating back pain. Surgery may not be necessary to treat back pain. Doctors have a whole arsenal of non-surgical methods to try.

Dr. Samuel Bierner, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center who is one of the directors of the Spine Center there, says most patients with back pain don’t need surgery. They can be treated conservatively with good outcomes. Depending on the cause of back pain, doctors will try conservative, non-surgical treatments first before resorting to surgery. Some non-surgical treatments include physical rehabilitation, steroids injected into the space around the spinal cord for pain relief, implanted medicine pumps, nerve root blocks and electrical stimulation.

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March 2008

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