FAQ about back pain? What do you think?

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FAQ about back pain? What do you think?

Post  masseur on Thu Mar 06, 2008 2:12 am

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Do I need surgery for my back pain?

Most people with back pain can be treated conservatively. For most patients surgery is deferred until all non-surgical modalities are exhausted. All patients with severe or persistant back pain, or back pain associated with other symptoms, such as fever, burning on urination, or weight loss, should consult their physician to obtain an accurate diagnosis for the cause of their condition.

What are the risks of surgery?

Back surgery is less risky now because less invasive procedures are used for the majority of patients with disc disease. Nevertheless, surgery is invasive and requires anesthesia, which also poses a risk by itself.

Does bed rest help for back pain?

Bed rest for more than a few days is not recommended, as this can reduce your muscle strength. When the pain lessens, activity levels must be increased gradually and carefully.

When is back surgery necessary?

In fewer than 2% of cases of back pain is surgery necessary. There are many other effective treatments and surgery is only considered when a patient experiences unrelenting pain or progressive muscle weakness caused by nerve compression, or incontinence, which can point to spinal cord irritation.

How can I prevent osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is bone loss. The bones become brittle and break more easily. This is especially true of the vertebral bones. When they break, they can cause severe pain .Curing osteoporosis is not possible. Once the bone is lost, it is not easily rebuilt. Preventing osteoporosis is, fortunately, fairly easy. If others in your family have osteoporosis, you need to be especially careful since your chance of having problems is increased.It is best to start in childhood but even the elderly can benefit from several simple tips. First, get enough calcium and vitamin D. Both are found in dairy and green leafy vegetables. Supplements for both are inexpensive. Second, exercise regularly. Walking two miles a day is plenty to prevent bone loss and weight gain for most people. Third, stop smoking. Smoking kills bone cells. Next, limit alcohol use. Too much speeds bone loss. Finally, avoid fad diets. they do not contain enough nutrients.

What is whiplash?

Whiplash is a sudden movement of the head that can lead to injuries of intervertebral joints, discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerves. The injury can also extend to shoulders, arms and even low back.It is the most common injury resulting from car accidents.

Why should I be seen by a medical doctor?

Most cases of back pain can be effectively treated by a acupuncturist. However, there are some conditions, potentially serious problems, which must be considered before initiating any treatment. Most of these conditions can be screened with a thorough history and physical examination. Symptoms that raise concern include: Any problems controlling bowel or bladder function; Numbness around the genitals ;Pain with associated fevers, chills, sweats; Pain that awakens you at night .

Can a disc herniation cause paralysis?

The spinal cord stops high up in the spine (lumbar 1) so there are only nerve roots in the lumbar spine. Nerve roots are very tough structures, so even a sizable disc herniation is very unlikely to cause paralysis. Rarely, a large disc herniation can cause loss of bowel or bladder control due to damage to the sacral nerves, or progressive weakness in the legs due to damage to the lumbar nerve roots. If you experience either of these conditions, medical attention should be sought immediately.

What is myofascial pain syndrome?

Myofascial pain syndrome is a frequently unrecognized disorder. Pain originates at so-called trigger points that are extremely sensitive to pressure; it can cause numbness or tingling, dizziness, migraine and muscle cramps in an area of the body distant from the point of origin. Various factors can arouse the trigger points, including trauma, diet, hormonal change, generalized organic diseases and cold.

I've been told I have a slipped disc. Can you put it back?

The idea that manipulation 'puts discs back' is a popular misconception. A slipped disc has been likened to the effect of dropping a rotten tomato on a concrete floor! Even if the disc could be restored to its correct position it would be so weakened that it would have come out of position again before the patient reached the surgery door. Natural healing processes will usually gradually allow the problem to settle but recovery is likely to be quicker if the over-stressing of the damaged area is reduced by treatment with Power Assisted Micro-manipulation. Only a small proportion fail to settle and eventually require more invasive treatments such as surgery or other newer procedures only available in more specialized centres.

What are the differences between physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors?

Physiotherapists work as a profession supplementary to medicine often under the overall control of medical doctors, who may lack a specialized knowledge of the functions of the spine and bones. Their training places emphasis on the use of therapeutic modalities, electrical equipment and exercises. Their focus is symptoms rather than function.

Osteopaths obtain their cures mainly via the improvement of blood circulation, whilst chiropractors emphasize the role of the nervous system.

Chiropractors adjust specific vertebrae in a specific direction, whereas osteopaths use long leverage often some distance from the joints been manipulated.

How can my neck be the problem when I feel the pain in my arm?

A. The pain you feel in your arm can be from a problem in your neck, much like leg pain can be from the low back. This type of pain is called referred pain. When there is injury or irritation in the tissues deep inside your body, your brain is not able to determine exactly where the pain is coming from. Instead, the pain is felt further away from the actual source of the problem.

My MRI Scan showed that I have a bulging disc in my lower back. Should I see a spine specialist?

A. Not necessarily. Studies show that many people have a "bulging disc" but have no pain or problems at all. The fact you have a bulging disc is not necessarily a problem, but if you have symptoms of pain, numbness, or weakness, you should see a doctor or a spine specialist.

How can we tell the difference between a muscle strain in the back and the pain that is caused by a kidney infection?

Pain stemming from a kidney infection typically is in the area of the back where the kidneys lie, located to the sides of the spine, just above the hips. Kidney related pain often presents as tenderness in this area. Direct injury or trauma to the back, over the area where the kidneys are located, can cause direct injury to the kidneys themselves, and that is why getting struck in this area is commonly referred to as a "kidney punch."

Can smoking really contribute to back pain?

Yes. In addition to its many other threats to health, smoking reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches and nourishes spinal tissue. This impairment slows healing when there is an injury to the area

My doctor told me that I have degenerative changes in my spine. I have no pain. Should I be worried?

After the age of 20, most people start to show signs of aging in their spines. This is just a fact of life. Therefore, it is very common to find degenerative changes in the spine in many adults. The lumbar disc, as it ages, loses moisture and dries up. This is another reason that we should be motivated to take good care of our backs.

Do massage help sciatica?

Manipulative treatment for sciatica is not a good idea because it causes trauma in the area around the nerve sleeve, which then has to heal a second time, further exacerbating the condition. If elasticty of the soft tissues is diminished, localised or referred pain will be more readily produced. Chronic sufferers should therefore not be manipulated

Do traction help back problem?

Traction and bed rest is not effective with strong evidence that traction has no effect on lower back pain.

Is MRI for everyone?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that gives doctors a detailed view of the body's organs and other tissues.

While acceptable for most people, MRI is not recommended for everyone.

Here is a list of people from whom MRI may not be recommended, courtesy of the Pennsylvania State University's Milton S. Hershey Medical Center:

Anyone with metal in the body, including metal plates, pins or magnets.
People with pacemakers.
Women who are pregnant, as MRIs risk to a fetus is not completely understood.
People who are claustrophobic.

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Post  gabrieljosh on Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:14 pm

Shoulder and Back Pain are common because these areas are vulnerable to injury, such as sprains and strains. Other disorders that may cause back pain include herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, scoliosis and sciatica. There is no way to avoid shoulder pain entirely. There are ways to make it less likely, though, such as regular stretching and taking proper advantage of ergonomically-designed furniture and office equipment.


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Post  alp12ha on Tue Mar 08, 2011 10:40 pm

Shoulder and Back Pain are common because these areas are vulnerable to injury, such as sprains and strains.


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