Treatment for Lower Back Pain
With an estimated 70% of the population being affected at some point in their lifetimes, lower back pain is a fairly common condition, with any age and sex being susceptible, although it is generally seen more commonly in older patients. Dr. Nikesh Seth is a board certified pain management physician that runs the Integrated Pain Consultants clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. As a pain specialist, Dr. Seth believes that each patient is a unique individual and helps conduct a thorough assessment to best determine what kind of therapy/treatment course would be best suited for them depending on the underlying reasons for their pain and discomfort.
One of the most common treatments for acute lower back pain is the use of over the counter (OTC) medications, such as Ibuprofen (Advil), Acetaminophen (Tylenol), and Naproxen (Aleve). Many patients will continue to use some form of these medications for years, but eventually the efficacy of the medications may decrease, prompting them to seek care for the pain again. Dr. Nikesh Seth reminds patients that these medications are generally best used for acute cases and occasional flare-ups as opposed to being used for chronic pain. These medications if used overtime can lead to kidney and liver issues, and hence should only be used as prescribed by physicians.