Nonsurgical Pain Relief
At Coastal Spine, we focus on nonsurgical methods of relieving neck and back pain. Our top priority is to get you back to normal function as soon as possible without requiring surgery.
We do this in a variety of ways:
We provide physical therapy. This includes a mix of exercises to strengthen muscles in the back and neck, and stretching to increase flexibility. Together, these allow your muscles to support the spine and relieve many pains associated with back and neck pain. We have physical therapists on site who will coordinate with your physician on the appropriate exercises and stretches for your individual problem, and together track your progress.
We may also provide injections, including cortisone injections, epidural steroid injections, trigger point injections and nerve blocks to relieve pain. These injections work by stopping the worst of your pain, and give you and your physician an opportunity to correct the problem causing back or neck pain through physical therapy while you are not in acute distress.
Like injections, medicines like anti-inflammatory drugs can help temporarily relieve pain and inflammation, which allow you to live with less pain while you and your physician work on correcting the issue that is at the root of your back or neck pain. We make every attempt not to use narcotics as part of your pain management regimen unless absolutely necessary. We feel treating the underlying cause is more important and more effective for the patient in the long run.