Back Off, Back Pain!

Want to be free of back pain? You have options.

While back pain can be caused by a variety of different things, one thing is for certain—it’s quite common.

“Around 83 percent of Americans will develop back pain at some point in their lives,” said Ali Daftarian, M.D., pain medicine director at CHI St. Joseph Health Regional Hospital. “While a small portion of these people may require surgery, most will bene t from simpler treatment options.”

Finding a Fix

Living with back pain isn’t a necessity. Seeking help from a doctor is a great place to start. After a consultation, your primary care provider could recommend:

• Anti-inflammatory or neuropathic pain medications
• Weight loss through diet and exercise
• Physical therapy
• Massage therapy
• Epidural steroid injections
• Surgery

“Usually a multimodal approach is best when it comes to treating back pain,” Dr. Daftarian said. “Your primary care provider should be able to guide you through various options that would be best for your particular condition.”

Back pain bothering you? Consult your physician for treatment options or visit chistjoseph.org/locations/pain-management.