This topic will explore medical therapy that is specifically geared towards surgery,
medical procedures, and physical therapy. We will discuss pharmacological
interventions in another post. I have personally experienced all three of the interventions
Typically when you have a major back injury, as I sustained in late 1989, the doctors will
take you through all three steps which mine included a nerve block (sometimes called
an epidural), physical therapy, and finally surgery.
If you have a structural issue in your body, the most obvious is to try to correct it anyway
that you can. Some people turn to Chiropractors and similar practitioners, others
(including me) have tried Acupuncture. Even more have used pressure point therapy.
The final step in my opinion should be surgery.
I’ve had the surgeons operate on me twice for my back injury and although I had
immediate pain relief and in one case, I was suffering from drop foot which the surgery
corrected, my long term pain relief was never realized. Some researchers posit that my
development of Fibromyalgia a few years later was due to the original injury I sustained
in my back.
Nerve blocks can be highly effective although my advice would be not to look at the
needle if you have that done to your back. I also had a nerve block in my neck once and
I swear the needle was larger than the one they used in my lower back. The needle
looked like it was 3 feet in length. The several times I have had the nerve block I have
experienced relief although the pain relief was not permanent. After studying how
reducing inflammation on nerves can help reduce pain, I understand the thought
process behind it and would have probably requested it more as long as the doctor
warned me not to look at the needle.
In regard to physical therapy, for me this typically occurred after surgery but with my first
back surgery, we tried to avoid surgery by a strong round of physical therapy. Although I
did make some progress, we weren’t able to avoid surgery eventually but I would
recommend anyone do their best to avoid surgery if possible. My post op physical
therapy was absolutely necessary to make sure that I received the most benefit from my
surgery and I would recommend that if you do require surgery that you take the physical
therapy post op seriously.
The final point of trying to relieve pain in my workbook would be surgery. Many times it
is required but, like the nerve block they conducted in my neck, it can sometimes be
avoided if you seek the right therapy. Make sure to follow the surgeon’s instructions and
in many instances, the preparation can make all the difference. I’ve known several
people who have had poor surgical results and although my results weren’t perfect, they
did relieve my back pain and also eliminated the drop foot problem that my injury had
Nerve blocks, physical therapy, surgery, Acupuncture, Chiropractic care, as well as
other medical therapies should be seen as a buffet to choose from because you never
know which of these will provide you with the relief you seek.
#7 in a series of Personal Pain Management. For prior articles:
#1 How You Can Achieve Personal Pain Management http://bit.ly/2bSaRtn
#2 The Priority In Pain Management http://bit.ly/2bSakrz
#3 Personal Pain Management Through Massage http://bit.ly/2cu64P1
#4 Personal Pain Management Through Exercise http://bit.ly/2cu5sZQ
#5 Personal Pain Management While Reducing Medication http://bit.ly/2dgTdhw
#6 Personal Pain Management Through Heat Therapy http://blog.treadmilldoctor.com/2016/09/personal-pain- management-heat- therapy/