Back Pain Treatment: Signs You Should Never Ignore
Most of us must have experienced back pain sometime in your lives, which we often tend to ignore unless the problem aggravates or interferes your regular day-to-day activities.
But a recent research published in the European Journal of Pain, will compel you to never taking casually that back pain treatment. A study conducted by experts at the University of Sydney, Australia warns that a regular back pain can increase your risk of dying early, by almost 13% compared to people who do not suffer any kind of spinal (back and neck) pain.
The study notices, a person’s regular back pain was not the actual cause of death, rather signs of other factors such as poor health or low physical abilities, linked to an increased risk of death. Thus back pain “is part of a pattern of poor health.”
Causes of back pain
There can be numerous causes of back pain. Your back, especially the lower back or lumbar region is a complex, interconnected network of nerves, discs, spinal muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons. Any kind of strain, pressure or compression in any of these parts can cause pain. It can be from mild to severe. This can occur due to wrong body postures during sitting, sleeping or standing positions, falls from heights, accidents, strains due to sudden activity, or sports injuries.
It is important to know here when your back pain needs your doctor’s attention. Visit your doctor if the pain lasts over a month or doesn’t get better even after rest, pain medications, or back pain therapies such as ice or heat pack, exercises, yoga, physiotherapy etc.
Kind of back pain in which you must see your doctor
- Chronic back pain i:e., persisting for a long time or constantly recurring
- Back pain occurring during night time
- If the pain extends downward along the leg, it may be sciatica pain
- Pain is on the left side of the back
- In case of numbness, tingling sensation in the back
- Acute aggravating pain from neck to lower back
- Weakness in your lower body including arms which may be a sign of some spine injury
- If the pain increases on coughing or bending forward
- If the back pain is accompanied with fever or problem in urination
- If the back pain is accompanied with bladder or bowel dysfunction
- Back pain combined with unexplained weight loss
- Back pain after taking steroids or some medication
Surgery as back pain treatment
Surgery for back pain relief is only done when all other alternatives treatment methods fail to relieve pain or improve your mobility. Surgeries are usually recommended for severe chronic pains, sciatica, slip disc or disc herniation.
Some common back pain surgeries are spinal decompression surgery such as Laminectomy, Discectomy (surgical removal of the whole or a part of an intervertebral disc), spinal fusion, disc replacement surgery, of neck or lower back.
There are some advanced minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) procedures like Radiofrequency denervation, Endoscopic Discectomy or lumbar fusion for back pain relief. The minimally invasive spine surgery involves specialized instruments to access the spine through small incisions contrary to the open spinal surgery that requires big cuts or incisions. MISS procedures are known for less bleeding, low doses of medicines, less post-surgery pain and a quicker recovery.
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