Back Pain: Stages and Goals

At each stage of treatment we search for the most natural and least invasive form of therapy that will be effective.

As we have said before on this website, Schlesinger Pain Centers is not your usual pain clinic. Sometimes I think that we should change the name to Schlesinger Pain and Functional Health Promotion Centers, except that it’s too long to fit on the door. The longer name does however give you a better idea of what we do. For starters we understand that treating your acute or chronic back pain is only the first step in a long process. This step may involve traction, injections, neuroablative procedures, neuromodulation or even surgery. Exercise and physical therapy are rarely effective at this stage, but in all cases we search for the most natural and least invasive therapy that will be effective.

After we have begun to get control of the pain we have to work on restoring function. People with severe or chronic pain have usually lost the ability to do things, which are important to them and which they once enjoyed. We understand that without the restoration of function, the mere relief of pain is a hollow victory. This step may involve psychological care, support groups, physical therapy, occupational therapy and exercise programs.

Finally we understand that to fully address your problem we need to find ways to prevent or reduce the frequency and severity of future attacks. Here we focus on yoga, exercise programs and home physical therapy interventions such as slant boards, inversion tables and gravity boots.

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