Back pain relief comes in many forms, including over-the-counter medication, stretches and heating pads. If you’ve tried these home care techniques and are still experiencing recurring or severe back pain, your doctor might suggest trying physical therapy, taking a prescription pain medication that's stronger than OTC ones or wearing special shoes that are designed to relieve back pain. These orthopedic shoes are made to ease the strain on your back by giving you more support when you’re on your feet.
If you decide to give orthopedic shoes a try, you’ll have plenty to choose from. Your doctor should be able to recommend a good brand, and you can pick a style that you find appealing. These shoes can provide some measure of back pain relief, especially if you tend to be on your feet all day at work. Depending on how you move, you could be putting undue strain on your lower back, which can lead to tense muscles and a sore back. Wearing certain types of shoes, like high heels, can also lead to back pain. Orthopedic shoes provide your feet with the support they need, which reduces the strain on your lower back muscles and spine.
Another option for relieving back pain is placing orthotic inserts into your regular shoes. These inserts cost less than orthopedic shoes, but they might not be as effective. You’ll also have to replace them with new ones from time to time. Orthotic inserts are made to provide extra support, and most have shock-absorbing features that lead to less pressure on your spine and back muscles as you walk around. If you use inserts, make sure that the shoes you put them in are ones that won’t add to your back pain. Choose shoes with good support, and avoid wearing thin-soled shoes or shoes with a high heel.
Keep in mind that there are also other forms of treatment for back pain relief that don’t involve anything risky, like surgery. Acupuncture, chiropractic care and Functional Disc Rehydration are all non-surgical treatment methods that can reduce back pain. You can look into these other types of treatment if your back pain still persists, even after you’ve been wearing orthopedic shoes or using orthotic inserts.
If you’d like more information on non-invasive forms of treatment for back pain relief, contact the Illinois Back Institute. Our clinics offer safe and effective treatment methods for a variety of back problems.