Back Pain Q&A

Back Pain Specialist

Dr. Compas of Capitol Rehab in Annandale, Virginia treats chronic back pain without the need of surgery or medications. Acute back pain usually improves after a few weeks of home treatment. Over-the-counter pain relievers and the use of heat or ice might be all that is needed. However, when regular activities cannot be engaged in without pain after a few weeks, chronic pain is likely the problem and someone like Dr. Compas is needed.

Will I Need Surgery?

Only a few people experiencing chronic back pain need surgery. In fact, unnecessary surgery often exacerbates the problem rather than cures it. Surgery is usually reserved for back pain caused by structural problems, such as spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine), a herniated disc, or scoliosis that does not respond to other therapies.

What Are the Non-Surgical Treatments for Back Pain?

Nonsurgical spinal decompression - This is kind of motorized traction that often helps relieve back pain. Spinal decompression gently stretches the spine, changing its force and position. This relieves pressure from the spinal discs (gel-like cushions between the bones in the spine), by creating negative pressure in the disc. This causes bulging or herniated discs to retract and take pressure off nerves and other structures in the spine. This action helps promote movement of oxygen, water, and nutrient-rich fluids into the discs allowing them to heal.

Acupuncture - One of the many non-medical treatments for back pain includes the ancient art of acupuncture. A practitioner inserts sterilized stainless steel needles at targeted points of the body into the skin. This is a painless and often effective treatment for chronic pain.

Chiropractic - A chiropractor manipulates the spine by hand to treat the condition and relieve any pain felt. Chiropractors deal specifically with the spine.

Massage - When back pain has been caused by overworked or tense muscles, massage is a great complement to other treatments, such as chiropractic care.

Yoga - There are several types of yoga, a broad discipline that involves practicing specific postures or poses, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques. Yoga can stretch and strengthen muscles and improve posture.


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Capitol Rehab of Annandale
5101A Backlick Road
Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 333-5022