Dealing With Back Pain

Dealing with back pain can place a great deal of stress on your life and can strain your personal relationships to their breaking point. Learning how to cope with back pain can go a long way to improving the quality of your life, as well as the lives of those close to you. The following pain management treatments can help alleviate the pain you are feeling and get you back to living a normal life.

Flexibility Exercises

It is often possible to increase your back pain tolerance by increasing your flexibility and toning the muscles in your back. A pain management specialist can provide you with a list of simple exercises that can make a big difference in your ability to cope with the pain you are experiencing.

Spinal Traction

Spinal traction, also referred to as “mechanical traction,” is a method by which the vertebrae in your spine are pulled apart from each other. This stretches the muscles in your spine and creates additional space for nerves while relieving pressure on spinal discs and joints. Spinal traction can help to reduce the symptoms of back pain and provide much-needed relief.


Epidural and facet joint injections are effective in providing short-term relief to patients dealing with back pain. This is a relatively simple procedure by which steroids or other medications are injected into the area directly surrounding inflamed nerves or facet joints in the spine. Performed by a trained professional, this method of pain management works to reduce the inflammation and swelling that causes back pain.

Other back pain treatments may include anti-inflammatory pain relievers, massage therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture and radio-frequency ablation. All of these pain management solutions and more are available at Summa Pain Care. Our pain management doctors can perform a physical examination, locate the source of the pain and offer effective treatments for people dealing with back pain. For information about the pain management solutions available at Summa Pain Care, call 623.776.8686 today and speak with one of our friendly associates who will be glad to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Pannozzo for you.

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