Non-Medication Treatments for Neuropathic Back Pain
Neuropathic back pain can be treated with more than just medication. Physical and occupational therapists are available to introduce patients to different ways of managing their pain.
Physical therapy is designed to meet each patient’s particular goals and needs by utilizing the following practices:
1. Strength training or body weight exercises
Physical therapy uses exercises to improve strength and range of motion. Patients work with a physical therapist to include stretches and exercises with increasing levels of resistance to enhance flexibility, which can improve circulation, control blood sugar levels, and reduce stress.
2. Splints or braces
Splints and braces can be used as support devices to relieve pain. They are commonly used on patients with carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs when there is pressure on the median nerve in the arm.
3. Balance training
Balance training focuses on the prevention of falling, posture, and supportive shoes to help reduce pain in the body.
Occupational is a non-medical treatment that can be used to treat neuropathic pain. Occupational therapists focus on teaching their patients how not to fall by paying attention to hazardous conditions such as uneven terrain. They help patients adjust their habits to prevent pain, such as standing or sitting up too quickly. They also teach patients how to avoid toxic substances and make changes that reduce their pain, which helps patients return to their normal level of functioning.
Occupational and physical therapists may suggest that their patients make lifestyle changes to manage their pain. This may include:
- Exercise or physical activity
- Quickly treating injuries before they become problematic
- Avoiding excessive alcohol or tobacco products
- Joining a support group
- Protecting the skin
- Treating urinary and bladder symptoms
- Eating a healthy diet