Pain ManagementUnderstanding Pain Management

According to some sources, nearly 8 out of 10 people will suffer from lower back pain at some point in life. On top of that, back pain is one of the top reasons people seek medical treatment. Consequently, it should come as no surprise that back pain is a quite common symptom of work-related injuries.

For those suffering from back pain, the question at hand is whether to manage the pain with non-invasive treatment plans or to try to correct the problem with surgery. If your workers’ comp benefits allow for pain management, you will likely have three options to consider:

 

  • Physical Therapy. Physical therapy or exercise can be quite effective in reducing inflammation and improving mobility in individuals suffering from lower back pain. Whether you choose to perform your own exercise in the comfort of your home or seek the advice of a physical therapist, it is possible to see significant improvement in a short period of time.

 

  • Medication. Often used in conjunction with physical therapy and exercise, medication can provide additional pain relief. There are both over-the-counter and prescription pain management options available in oral and topical form.

 

  • Injections. Many people suffering from back pain have found relief from injections. This pain management option consists of a mixture of acetaminophen and corticosteroid to reduce inflammation.