Lower Back Pain Relief

Traction involves the use of weights to apply constant or intermittent force to gradually "pull" the skeletal structure into better alignment. However, traction is not recommended for treating acute symptoms of lower back pain.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is administered by a battery-powered device that sends mild electric pulses along nerve fibers to block pain signals to the brain. Small electrodes placed on the skin at or near the site of pain generate nerve impulses that block incoming pain signals from the peripheral nerves. TENS may also help stimulate the brain's production of endorphins (chemicals that have pain-relieving properties).
An ultrasound is a noninvasive therapy that is used to warm the body's internal tissues, which causes muscles to relax. Sound waves pass through the skin and into the injured muscles and other soft tissues.

Relieving Lower Back Pain Through Surgery

When other therapies prove unsuccessful, surgery may provide lower back pain relief caused by back problems or serious musculoskeletal injuries. While some surgical procedures may be performed in a doctor's office under local anesthesia, others require hospitalization. It may be months following surgery before the person is fully healed, and people may suffer permanent loss of flexibility. Since invasive back surgery is not always successful, it is generally only performed in people with progressive neurologic disease or damage to the peripheral nerves.

(Click Lower Back Surgery for more information about the different surgical options available.)
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