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Treatment for back pain is usually only necessary for chronic back pain, which is pain that lasts for more than 3 months. Acute back pain, which is pain that lasts no longer than 6 weeks, usually gets better on its own, without any treatment. Chronic back pain can be treated with or without surgery, although chiropractors usually recommend non-surgical forms of back pain treatment first. The type of back pain treatment that your chiropractor recommends will generally depend on whether you are experiencing acute or chronic back pain.

Acute pain is pain that hits you suddenly, for example, after falling from a ladder, being tackled on the football field, or lifting a load that is just too heavy; whereas chronic pain may appear quickly or slowly, and it will linger for a long time. In general, pain that lasts more than 3 months is considered chronic. Chronic pain is much less common than acute pain. Acute pain comes on quickly and leaves quickly. To be classified as acute, pain should last no longer than 6 weeks. Acute pain is the most common type of back pain.

People who are suffering from acute back pain can benefit greatly from alternative care provided by chiropractics. Your chiropractor can develop specific physical rehabilitation exercises specifically designed to better prepare your spine for the activities which are causing the acute pain. Chronic back pain can be treated with or without surgery. In the vast majority of cases, treatment does not require surgery. Chiropractors will almost always try non-surgical treatment before recommending back surgery. In a very small percentage of cases, when back pain is caused by a tumor, an infection, or a nerve root problem called cauda equina syndrome, prompt surgery is necessary to ease the pain and prevent further problems.

There are a number of non-surgical chronic treatment options for back pain, which include hot or cold packs, exercise, support devices, behavioral modification and alternative therapy. The diagnosis and determination of the root cause of back pain will greatly determine what course of action is best for the needs of the patient.

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