It may be a naive question, but have you used icepacks? I have back problems (relatively minor, muscle rather than skeletal related) and when something starts to get chronic, a couple of ice applications usually take the swelling down enough to be able to stretch it out.
Yeah, that's me, Tracer Bullet. I've got eight slugs in me. One's lead,
the rest bourbon. The drink packs a wallop, and I pack a revolver. I'm
a private eye.