Pharmacy Corner
Low Back Pain Are there non-medication options for low back pain?

Would acupuncture be helpful for low back pain?

Acupuncture is one of the most popular treatments for short-term low back pain in patients that cannot manage their pain with medications. For some people, acupuncture provides short-term relief from low back pain, but for others it may not help or even make the pain worse.17 Check with your doctor to see if acupuncture is right for you.

Should I go see a chiropractor for my back?

Visits to chiropractors have shown to give short-term relief from low-back pain.18 However, long-term routine chiropractor visits do not make the pain go away.

Does yoga help manage my pain?

In a review of studies on yoga in low back pain, it was shown to provide relief in short-term and long-term pain. It also reduced the risk of worsening back problems leading to trouble with walking.19 Because the practice of yoga is generally safe, it is recommended for people with long-term low back pain. For starters, Spine-health provides some yoga poses for low back pain relief.

Cobra Yoga Pose

Retrieved from: http://yogalifejourney.com/yoga-poses/cobra-pose/
Cat Yoga Pose

Retrieved from: http://yogalifejourney.com/yoga-poses/cat-pose/
Knee to Chest Yoga Pose

Retrieved from: http://www.mindfulbody.com/mind/yoga/sciatica-soothers-practice/sciatica-soothers-detailed-instructions

When would I need surgery for low back pain?

Most cases of low back pain can be properly managed by lifestyle changes, exercises, and medications. Surgery is only considered when someone has severe pain that is not getting better with any other treatment. There are risks and benefits of surgery and it is important to discuss these with your surgeon before considering surgery.