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Exercises

Most people react to neck and back pain by stopping activities and becoming sedentary. While this is understandable and may be necessary in the short term, inactivity for a long period of time can actually undermine the healing process. When done in a controlled manner using proper form, a regular routine of back and neck exercises can help patients avoid stiffness and weakness, minimizing pain and reducing the recurrence of pain. Depending upon the patient’s diagnosis and level of pain, we can recommend a balanced workout consisting of basic stretching, strengthening and low impact conditioning exercises for your neck and back.

 
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Lifestyle Changes

Conservative treatment of pain almost always includes important lifestyle changes including:

  • Staying active within the limits of your pain and avoiding activities that worsen the pain
  • Practicing good posture at all times
  • Stop smoking if you are a smoker
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Managing your stress
 
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Medication

The use of medication is sometimes required for short periods of time to help alleviate pain. Triangle Neurosurgery can recommend appropriate non-prescription and/or prescription medication to be used along with other treatments to combat inflammation, reduce pain or reduce muscle spasm if necessary.

 
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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy plays a vital role in the management of spinal injuries by focusing on the structures that support the spine and its joints. It can help accelerate healing by reducing pain, restoring muscular flexibility, joint mobility and spine motion. Triangle Neurosurgery utilizes a referral network of professional, experienced physical therapists trained in the treatment of spinal injuries. We refer our patients to therapists who not only provide the services we are requesting, but we also try to make it as convenient as possible for the patient by finding physical therapists near their area.

 

 

 

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Chiropractic

Chiropractic care is sometimes used in conjunction with more conventional medical treatment to relieve pain. Chiropractors use spinal manipulation to restore mobility to joints and other alternative treatments to bring about proper alignment of the spine. Once you have been diagnosed, Triangle Neurosurgery can help you determine if chiropractic treatment is a viable option for your condition. We can answer your questions about the potential benefits and risks of treatment, and if warranted, refer you to a chiropractor in your area.

 

 

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture has gained popularity over the years as a non-traditional, non-invasive treatment option for back and neck pain. It is widely considered to be a safe medical treatment and may be used independently or in combination with conventional painkillers. We are happy to provide you guidance in the use of acupuncture as a possible alternative to traditional pain management.

 

 

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Braces

Brace therapy is another often prescribed method of conservative treatment. Braces are an effective, non-invasive way to relieve pain, provide support, maintain alignment and limit harmful motion.

 

 

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Spinal Injection

Injections are a treatment option that can be effective at reducing pain by delivering the medicine directly to the site of pain. There are various types of injections used in pain management including:

  • Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Nerve Block Injections
  • Soft Tissue Injections

Triangle Neurosurgery has worked with a number of pain management physicians who we recommend when spinal injections are right for you.