9 Treatments That Could Help Chronic Back Pain

9 back pain treatments that could help reduce chronic pain

The twin goals of back pain treatments are to relieve symptoms and improve your daily life. There are a variety of treatment options that range from conservative approaches to surgery if pain persists. For most patients, conservative treatments will help them relieve their pain and get back to their lives.

Here are nine back pain treatments that could help.

Acupuncture and chiropractic care

Acupuncture is gaining traction as a research-based treatment of back pain.

And speaking of traction, chiropractic care offers spinal adjustments that can offer significant relief and improved function.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Pain-relieving medications are the initial treatment of choice for acute back pain. These can include over-the-counter pain medicines such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

For many, taking these in conjunction with a therapy like physical therapy or chiropractic care can help you get the treatment you need with less pain.

Prescription medications

Muscle relaxants can also help ease back spasm and tension for some patients.

In general, opioids are ineffective for long-term management of back pain but may be recommended during the acute phase.


Some types of injections can be helpful to manage back and address its causes, including epidural steroid injections.

Learn more about this treatment approach in the following video.


Rest is suggested only in the most acute phase of back pain, usually three days or fewer. Too much rest can make pain worse.

Lifestyle changes

All people will likely benefit from making adjustments to diet and activity to help facilitate weight loss or to help maintain a healthy body-mass index (BMI).


Most back pain will resolve itself within a few weeks, and exercise can help make this happen. Core exercises and low-impact whole body workouts like swimming and yoga help strengthen the body.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy uses individualized exercises to improve range of motion, increase flexibility, and speed recovery of both acute and chronic back pain.

This is a great first-line treatment for many more moderate to severe cases of back pain.