Back Pain In Elderly: Orthopedic Carrollton

by Administrator 26. October 2015 12:18

Back pain is a common health condition in older adults. With increasing age, the joints in the spine start to degenerate, causing back pain and other spine conditions. If left untreated, the pain may become chronic and diminish the quality of life. Thus, one must get the pain diagnosed by a spine specialist in order to prevent the condition from worsening.

Causes

  • Osteoarthritis or Degenerative Arthritis
  • Back muscle strain
  • Lifting a heavy object
  • Twisting
  • Any sudden movement
  • Sciatica or nerve root pain
  • Tumor or a bone disorder
  • Pressure from structures near the spine
  • Infection
  • Disc herniation
  • Overweight

Symptoms

  • Sharp pain that aggravates by extended activity
  • Loss of flexibility
  • Numbness
  • Pain in the morning or evening
  • Tenderness
  • Tingling that radiates from back to the legs

Diagnosis

The doctor may carry out physical examination and ask about the medical history to find out the exact cause of the condition. He may perform certain imaging tests such as X-ray, CT-scan, Bone scan, MRI, etc. to confirm certain conditions.

Treatment

  • Medication: To treat back pain, the physician may prescribe some non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medicines to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Hot And Cold Packs: Hot and cold therapy may be suggested by the doctor to provide relief from pain. Ice packs can also help in relieving pain and swelling.
  • Rest: The patient may be advised to take adequate amount of rest or discontinue any activity that strains the back and causes pain.
  • Braces: Using braces can provide support to the back and help in the recovery process.
  • Physical Therapy: The physician may recommend the patient to start an exercise program that includes stretching, weight lifting, and cardiovascular exercises. It can help in providing strength and flexibility to the muscles. 

Surgery:

In severe cases, any of the following surgical procedure may be recommended.

  • Fusion: The orthopedic surgeon may use bone graft to fuse the vertebrae. The spinal bones are bound together by using metal plates, screws, rods or cage. In case the disk is affected, the patient may need disk replacement surgery.
  • Discectomy: In this procedure, a part of the disc is removed if it is damaged or pressing other nerve.
  • Artificial Disk: This procedure involves insertion of an artificial disk, thereby replacing the cushion between the two vertebrae.

For complete diagnosis and treatment of back pain in the elderly, consult Dr. Guess. To schedule an appointment with the spine specialist in Carrollton, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334 or visit the clinic at 4780 North Josey Lane, Carrollton, Texas 75010.

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