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Treating back pain


Back pain is very common, affecting most people at some time in their life. In most people it is short lived but in some the pain can last for longer periods of time. Most patients are able to manage their pain with painkillers. Other treatments that may be helpful include manipulation therapy such as physiotherapy, osteopathy or chiropractors. Acupuncture and TENS are sometimes useful. If these simple measures do not bring relief it is appropriate to consider surgical treatments. Your specialist will arrange an MRI to look for specific abnormalities which may be helped by surgery. If particular wear is seen within the facet joints then they may recommend an injection of steroid into the joints to help with your symptoms. If the discs appear to be the worn then they may recommend further investigations including discography to identify whether surgery such as spinal fusion may be of benefit.