One of the most common pain problems we see is spinal / back pain.
Spinal / back pain can affect the neck and lower back area and less commonly the thoracic area.
It is a very common cause of disability in the community.
Often spinal / back pain is short term, and people recover. The key to preventing recurrence of spinal pain seems to be remaining active and keeping fit.
When spinal /back pain persists, our strategies can improve function and pain. It is rare that we cannot find a way to improve quality of life for people with long-term spinal pain.
Treating spinal / back pain may involve the following broad strategies:
- Physical therapy and psychological strategies to improve function and quality of life when living with back pain.
- Optimising medication use.
- Pain management procedures to reduce back pain.
The NIPM doctor will advise you if pain management procedures are likely to be helpful. The procedures for controlling spinal pain are dramatically improving - Many more back pain problems can now be reduced with pain procedures.