Did you know? Nearly 26 million Americans live with frequent back pain, as reported by WebMD. While many turn to over the counter medications for pain, others look to their primary care physician for relief. It’s in these instances that a large majority of individuals are prescribed an opioid medication, some of which include hydrocodone, oxycodone or a combination of an opioid pain reliever and acetaminophen. While these drugs are useful in relieving pain, they are best intended for short-term usage, and can become dangerous if abused. In fact, health officials have deemed opioid use and addiction as an epidemic. Continue reading.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is the most common form of electrotherapy. If you’re among the 30 million or so Americans dealing with back pain, it’s a non-surgical treatment option that may provide enough relief to allow you to put off or forego surgery altogether. Dating back to the 1960s, the technology behind TENS units has evolved to the point where it’s even more conveniently accessible for patients wising to explore other forms of pain management before considering surgery. Continue reading.