Chronic Back Pain: Orthopedic Carrollton

by Administrator 24. April 2017 10:19

A disease or injury involving the back bone can lead to back pain. Chronic back pain can occur as a result of some problem in the back or any other part of the body. When the pain persists over a period of time or does not seem to fade away, it is termed as chronic back pain. It is painful and uncomfortable but usually not serious or life-threatening.

Causes

  • Stress or injury involving the back muscles
  • Obesity, that can put burden on back muscles
  • Trauma or accident that injures the backbone
  • Osteoporosis or thinning of backbone
  • Degenerative arthritis
  • Disease or injury in the spinal nerves
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Lifting objects improperly
  • Ruptured or bulging disks
  • Abnormal curvature of the spine
  • Bad sleeping or sitting posture

Symptoms

  • Pain in the back
  • Pain can radiate to legs and buttocks
  • Inflammation in the back
  • Persistent pain that does not get better with sitting or lying
  • Pain and stiffness in the trunk, neck, shoulders, knees and elbows
  • Trouble in bending or twisting
  • Feeling extremely tired even after long hours of sleep
  • Tenderness at several points in the back
  • The back might become sore
  • Stiffness in thigh and back muscles

Diagnosis

  • The spine specialist will note down the complete medical history of the patient and also ask questions regarding the prominent symptoms
  • A thorough examination of the back and spine muscles is conducted to check for pain and muscle tenderness
  • Imaging tests such as X-Ray, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or CT scan might be ordered by the doctor if the back pain is caused by some serious problem in the vertebrae or spinal nerves
  • Blood tests and urine tests can also be conducted for detailed diagnosis
  • Nerve conduction studies can be performed by the doctor to determine the extent of damage done to nerves and muscles
  • Sometimes, a bone scan is also performed

Treatment

Non-surgical treatment

  • Bed rest is advised for a limited number of days to reduce pain and discomfort
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) might be recommended by the doctor to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Muscle relaxants can also aid in reducing the discomfort to a certain extent
  • Hot or cold compresses might prove to be helpful depending on the condition of the patient
  • Strength and flexibility exercises are recommended for improving the functioning of back and abdominal muscles

Surgical treatment

  • Surgery is generally not required for patients of chronic back pain
  • A surgical procedure such as diskectomy or fusion is performed if the patient suffers from a herniated disk

For complete treatment of Chronic Back Pain or any other spinal condition, visit Dr. Guess in Carrollton, TX. To schedule an appointment, feel free to call at (972) 492 – 1334.

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