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Majority of the back problems are to be treated without operations. Initial treatment of all back problems is done by medications, rest and soothing modalities such as local heat or physiotherapy and later on by exercises.There is a middle path between non-surgical treatment and surgery and that is “epidural injections”.Certain patients with slipped disc or similar problems can benefit from these injection of certain medicaments in the back using a special technique called epidural injection. The required course can range from one to three injections. It can give early relief from the problem and about half of these patients can get permanent cure. Regular exercises form the main pillar in the long term treatment of back problems. Even those patients undergoing operations require to do specific exercises on a regular and permanent basis. There is no escape from exercises for a patient having back problems.

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