• Non-Surgical Treatment Options

  • Non-surgical Treatment Options for Back and Neck Pain

    Patients at OrthoColorado benefit from access to a full array of treatment options for back and neck-related conditions.

    While the OrthoColorado spine care team is able to perform complex corrective spine surgeries using microscopic tools, they also are able to help patients safely manage and treat back and neck pain through a series of conservative treatment options.

    In fact, our focused team of spine care specialists is able to successfully treat 90 percent of patients without surgery, returning them to their active lifestyles with the use of the following:

    Activity Modification

    Some back and neck conditions can heal on their own when given time and additional rest and protection.

    The doctors who comprise OrthoColorado's spine care team are all specially trained in orthopedics. They understand how the body works and what it needs to heal, including when it is necessary to take a break from sports or to limit specific movements.

    Oral Medications

    Pain and inflammation are common symptoms of spine-related conditions and can range from bothersome to debilitating. Patients can often receive pain relief and return to their normal activities with the aid of medication. Depending on the condition and symptoms, this could include:

    • Aspirin or acetaminophen
    • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen and naproxen
    • Narcotic pain medications such as codeine and morphine
    • Oral steroid medications

    Steroid Injections

    When over-the-counter and prescription medications do not provide adequate relief, cortisone injections may be necessary. Cortisone is a steroid hormone that acts as an anti-inflammatory.

    When delivered directly to the affected spinal area, it can reduce inflammation and tension to provide pain relief, and in many cases allow your body the time it needs to heal.

    The injections are administered under x-ray guidance and can be positioned in the cervical spine (epidural injection or facet joint injection) or in the pelvis (sacroiliac joint injection).

    Cortisone injections are commonly used in conjunction with activity modifications and strengthening exercises.

    It is important to note that not all patients are good candidates for spinal injections.

    Manual Therapies

    Physical treatment may be beneficial in strengthening muscles and relieving tension and pain.

    Physical therapy can include active and passive treatments and typically includes an educational component.

    A physical therapist, or physiatrist, works directly with patients to provide a specialized program of stretches and exercises that restore spine health by building strength, flexibility and endurance. Patients also may be given treatment options that utilize heat, ice, ultrasound or electrical stimulation.

    Massage therapy is another available treatment option for reducing tension and pain in the back and neck.

    Medical Devices

    Orthopedic support devices are also an important component of treatment for some patients. This could include corset-style back braces or neck collars to provide additional support and stability.

    Our spine care team works directly with each OrthoColorado patient to develop the kind of individualized treatment plan that will deliver the best possible outcome.

  • Spine Physicians

    Experts in Back & Neck Pain

    Our team of orthopedic spine surgeons represents an impressive level of training and experience in the full scope of back and neck conditions.

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