When pain management doesn’t help, what are other alternatives for back pain due to bulged discs and arthritis?
I usually advise people that options are exercise, medications, injections, or other (non-traditional like acupuncture, tai chi, or even cognitive behavioral therapy). Most people will do well with exercises and medication if needed. Surgery is usually done for so-called radicular or sciatic pains that don’t get better with exercises, medications, or time. Injections may be considered for pain not relieved with time, exercise, or medication.