NYU Langone doctors recognize that long-term back pain can take a toll on a person’s everyday life. Pain caused by conditions such as spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, or spondylolisthesis may take some time to resolve. Doctors at NYU Langone can help you explore support services available as you recover, whether you are pursuing nonsurgical treatment or spinal surgery.
Our doctors, physical and occupational therapists, nurses, and psychiatrists offer programs and services designed to help you feel better, especially if you have frequent pain from a condition such as spinal stenosis. These programs and services include massage therapy, tai chi, acupuncture, meditation, and relaxation techniques to help you build strength in your core and back muscles.
Psychotherapy is available for people who may benefit from talking with an NYU Langone specialist—such as a psychologist, psychiatrist, or licensed clinical social worker—about how long-term back pain affects their emotional wellbeing. If necessary, our psychiatrists can prescribe medication to ease anxiety or help with depression—conditions that often affect people with chronic pain.
The nicotine in cigarettes has a direct negative effect on bones and their ability to heal. Doctors strongly urge smokers to quit smoking if they have had spinal surgery or are pursuing treatment using medications and physical therapy. Our doctors and therapists understand that quitting is not easy and offer ways to help through NYU Langone’s Tobacco Cessation Programs.
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