Pain Management: Moving Away from Prescription Medication

April 26, 2018

Chronic pain, specifically lower back pain, can have a range of effects on a person – from ordered bedrest to hospital admission, the remedies for pain management are diverse and sometimes ineffective.

Traditionally, healthcare providers turn to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for the treatment of lower back pain but recent studies show that a transition towards a more holistic approach pain management is the way forward.

The American College of Physicians released new guidelines for the treatment of low back pain which specify alternatives to pills based on the duration of pain.

For new low back pain (lasting less than 12 weeks) the guidelines suggest trying:

  • Heat
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Spinal manipulation with chiropractic care

For chronic pain (lasting 12 weeks or more) the recommended practices include:

  • Stretch-focused exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Mindfulness-based programs to cope with or reduce stress

Consult your chiropractor or physiotherapist before trying any of the listed practices, they will be able to help you in determining what’s right for you. To find out more about these studies, visit:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/heres-something-completely-different-for-low-back-pain-2017070611962