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There are options other than surgery for lower back pain treatment. The goal in treating lower back pain is to not only decrease the pain, but to allow patients to resume or continue doing normal activities. Treatment options include drugs, physical therapy, exercises (back), and other non-traditional therapies such as spinal manipulation and acupuncture.
Inversion therapy is when the patient hangs upside down while supported by his or her ankles. This allows gravity to decompress the discs and nerve roots in the spine. Tables—called inversion tables—are often used. Inversion tables gradually tip the patient's head down while the patient is supported by his or her ankles. Because inversion therapy increases the blood pressure in the head, those with high blood pressure, heart disease, eye diseases (such as glaucoma) and those are pregnant should not use inversion therapy.
Prolotherapy is sometimes used for lower back pain. Sugar solutions are injected into painful ligaments to stimulate production of connective tissue and reduce pain. Prolotherapy may not have much effectiveness in treating lower back pain alone, but it may work well when combined with other treatments.