What Is Complementary Care And How It Helps Spinal Pain

Complimentary Treatment

There are times when the usual approach to treating neck and back pain may not produce the desired results. When this occurs, your specialist may suggest including complementary care in your treatment plan. Massage, supplements, and acupuncture are all forms of complementary care that you may use in partnership with more traditional treatment methods. These treatments have been reported to reduce the pain experienced with some spinal conditions. None of these treatments can address the underlying issues involved with your spinal concern. They serve as therapeutic care to ease discomfort while core treatments continue.

What Is Complementary Care And How It Helps Spinal Pain

Complimentary treatments are additional forms of care that have been proven to alleviate spinal pain in some patients. While they are not meant as a primary form of treatment, they can improve quality of life throughout the treatment period. Below is a list of spinal concerns that can be addressed using complementary care practices:

  • Back Pain
  • Herniated Disc
  • Neck Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Sciatica
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Spondylosis
  • Spinal Stenosis


The most common forms of complementary treatments include:

  • Herbal Supplements – These supplements can ease pain and provide certain medicinal benefits. While herbal supplements are generally not approved by the FDA, they have been reported to have significant benefits by some patients.
  • Acupuncture – Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine that involves the insertion of needles at specific points in the body. The FDA has accepted this form of Eastern medicine as an effective treatment with notable benefits. It has been demonstrated to help certain emotional, physical, and mental conditions. You can use it to ease discomfort in spinal patients.
  • Massage – A treatment involving the manipulation of muscle tissues using various methods. There are many forms of massage, but all aim to produce the same result. To ease the stress and tension in muscles and help them move freely. Back pain can be eased with this form of treatment, though it will not address the underlying condition.

These are just some of the complementary treatment options available to spinal patients. Learn more by reaching out to your spinal specialist. They’ll help you determine what the right approach is for your care.

Be Safe When Seeking Complimentary Care

It’s essential when considering complementary care approaches to discuss them with your provider. They’ll be able to direct you to trusted providers of these services. Further, they can guarantee that the provider you’ll be working with understands the nature of your condition and the need to take certain precautions. If you’re looking for ways of addressing discomfort while continuing to seek care with your spinal specialist, complementary care may be for you. Start with a call to your spinal specialist for a consultation. During your visit they’ll discuss your concerns and advise how you might want to proceed.  


Dr. Todd A. Bromberg, M.D. When chronic pain and spinal issues impact your quality of life, you need a team of crack spine and pain specialists at your disposal. Delaware Valley Pain & Spine Institute works with some of the most respected experts in the field to bring pain relief and restored quality of life to patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey!
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