One of the most common reasons patients come into our clinic is for the treatment of back pain. You may be surprised to find the majority of adults have some type of back pain during their lifetime. It is estimated four of five adults will have significant back pain, yet less than two in five will seek treatment.
Pain of any type is a signal from the body indicating something is not right. Not all back pain is serious or debilitating, but it is still a signal something has to change. Often, by regularly seeing our doctors, preventative changes can be made to alleviate the pain simply by making some lifestyle changes.
For other patients, our doctors may recommend more intensive treatments. This could include minimally invasive types of back surgeries, full spinal surgeries, or a combination of treatments followed by physical therapy and rehab.
Upper Back Pain
Upper back pain often radiates from the neck or the top of the back across the shoulders. The most common cause of upper back pain is sitting for long periods of time, typing or working at a desk or computer. This puts forward pressure on the shoulders, neck and spine, especially when not using ergonomically and correctly adjusted furniture.
The doctor will need to determine the cause of the pain. It is possible for the discs in the neck to become injured or put pressure on the spinal cord, which is something that can cause this type of pain. Treatment will depend on the cause of the pain, but may include taking frequent breaks from being in the same position and choosing more ergonomically designed furniture.
Lower Back Pain
Lower back pain can also be caused by sitting or standing for long periods of time in the same position. However, there are also much more serious issues resulting in debilitating levels of pain in the lumbar and lower back area.
Our doctors can diagnose these conditions, which may include herniated or degenerative discs. This involves the movement or destruction of the disc between the vertebrae, resulting in bone on bone contact. Other issues, such as fractures of the discs or a narrowing of the opening in the spinal cord, can also cause extreme pain.
Treatment of lower back pain will depend on what our doctors determine is the root cause of the pain. Surgical procedures for lower back pain are now available, which are effective long-term treatments for many patients.
If you suffer with back pain, make an appointment to see our doctors. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan to addresses your pain and help you to return to a pain-free life.
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