Should I see doctor or physiotherapist for back pain relief?

Finding effective pain relief treatment for back pain can be difficult, especially you are having pain or aches for a prolonged time.

Should you see a doctor, physiotherapist, chiropractor, osteopath, massage therapist, acupuncture, Chinese tuina or TCM for your back pain? The options to treat back pain can be overwhelming for many people.

How doctors help to relieve back pain?

If you see your doctor for lower back pain treatment, there is a high possibility that you will be prescribed medications to reduce your pain.

Depending on the severity of your back symptoms, you may be prescribed the following medications:

  • Analgesics (pain relievers), such as paracetamol or diclofenac
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS).
  • Muscle relaxants, such as diazepam (valium).

In the early stages of back injury, medication to relieve pain can be important as it allows you stay relatively active by reducing your pain and inflammation.

Doctor may also referred you for an X-ray or MRI of your spine if your backache is more serious.

How physiotherapists help to treat back pain ?

Physiotherapist is a health care professional who practises the techniques of physical therapy. Physical therapy helps patients with physical limitations that restrict normal activities.

First, physiotherapist will need to understand the history of your back pain and perform a detailed physical assessment. A physiotherapist will choose which treatment modalities are the best to heal up your specific back problem.

Physiotherapy (physical therapy) uses a equipment machines such as ultrasound therapy, electrotherapy, heat therapy, cold therapy to treat back pain. Physiotherapist also use hands-on techniques such as joint mobilisation, spine manipulation, soft tissue massage, back stretching and strengthening exercisesor, clinical pilates for core strengthening.  

Physio also educate patient importance of back care, ergonomics and prevention of back pain reoccurence.

How Does a Physiotherapist and a Doctor Work Together to solve back pain?

In some cases, a doctor’s referral is required to be able to utilize the services of a physiotherapist but this is mostly in cases wherein insurance coverage is needed.

You can directly contact a physiotherapist in Singapore should a need arise. You can simply walk in to a physio clinic and talk with a physiotherapy doctor about your back pain problems.

Looking for an effective way to end persistent pain, manage injury rehabilitation or a non-surgical approach to your condition?

Call our physiotherapist today at 96390509 to discuss your back pain if required to see a doctor or physiotherapist in Singapore