Back pain is a huge problem around the globe, affecting millions of people worldwide and landing as the number one reason for job disability. In fact, half of adult Americans state that they have suffered from back pain at least once in the past year. With back pain affecting a majority of people at some point in their lives, researchers are constantly working on developing new treatments for it, and doctors create new recommendations often to best treat chronic lower and upper back pain. Here are four promising new treatments and recommendations that may decrease the frequency and incidence of back pain.
Nucleoplasty can be used to relieve pressure on the intervertebral discs. It works by using a small needle inserted into the disc. Once the needle is in place, a radiofrequency probe is inserted and emits a pulse that breaks up some of the nucleus of the disc. This treatment is also useful for treating sciatic pain due to compressed nerves. More