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Spinal Pain: Pain Management

There are many possible ways to treat or manage spinal pain ranging from conservative, non-invasive to surgical intervention.  Two common types of pain management used for patients with spinal pain include non-interventional and interventional.

Non-interventional or conservative pain management methods are typically trialed first when a patient reports pain or injury depending on the severity and can include:

  • physical therapy
  • chiropractic therapy
  • massage therapy and other times of alternative therapies
  • medication like NSAIDs, opioids, or muscle relaxers

Dr. Brian Jakubowicz wrote an article in the Journal of Life Care Planning titled Interventional Pain for the Non-Interventionalist and noted that non-interventional pain management can be addressed by primary care physicians and that interventions for spinal pain are highly specialized and require a professional to have additional training and knowledge in this area (p. 7-10).  Some interventional treatment options for spinal pain, depending on the location can include:

  • Injections such as trigger point, epidural, transforaminal, interlaminar, caudal
  • Facet rhizotomy
  • Spinal cord stimulation

To read more about these types of interventional pain management, please read Dr. Jakubowicz’s article in the journal issue below.


Jakubowicz, B. (2020).  Journal of Life Care Planning. Interventional Pain for the Non-Interventionalist, 18(3), p. 7-10.  Retrieved from