Posts Tagged ‘Diagnostic Methods’

January 13th, 2009 No comments
Aniruddha Badola asked:

Lower Back Pain, affects both those unaccustomed to physical activity and regular exercisers.

The first step to understanding the various causes of low back pain is learning about the normal design anatomy of the tissues of this area. Important structures of the low back that can be related to symptoms there include the bony lumbar spine vertebrae, discs between the vertebrae, ligaments around the spine and discs, spinal cord and nerves, muscles of the low back, internal organs of the pelvis and abdomen, and the skin covering the lumbar area. Many muscle groups that are responsible for flexing, extending, and rotating the waist, as well as moving the lower extremities, attach to the lumbar spine through tendon insertions.

Fortunately, most occurrences of low back pain go away within a few days. Acute or short-term low back pain generally lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Low back pain may reflect nerve or muscle irritation or bone lesions. Most low back pain follows injury or trauma to the back, but pain may also be caused by degenerative conditions such as arthritis or disc disease, osteoporosis or other bone diseases, viral infections, irritation to joints and discs, or congenital abnormalities in the spine. Obesity, smoking, weight gain during pregnancy, stress, poor physical condition, posture inappropriate for the activity being performed, and poor sleeping position also may contribute to low back pain. Occasionally, low back pain may indicate a more serious medical problem.

Nearly everyone has low back pain sometime. The risk of experiencing low back pain from disc disease or spinal degeneration increases with age. Low back pain unrelated to injury or other known cause is unusual in pre-teen children.

A variety of diagnostic methods are available to confirm the cause of low back pain:. Discography involves the injection of a special contrast dye into a spinal disc thought to be causing low back pain. Computerized tomography CT is a quick and painless process used when disc rupture, spinal stenosis, or damage to vertebrae is suspected as a cause of low back pain. Most low back pain can be treated without surgery. Exercise may be the most effective way to speed recovery from low back pain and help strengthen back and abdominal muscles. Medications are often used to treat acute and chronic low back pain. Musculoskeletal pain syndromes that produce low back pain include myofascial pain syndromes and fibromyalgia. Other skeletal causes of low back pain include osteomyelitis orsacroiliitis infections of the bones of the spine.

Most low back pain is triggered by some combination of overuse, muscle strain, and injury to the muscles, ligaments, and discs that support the spine. When low back pain strikes, we become acutely aware of just how much we rely on a flexible, strong back. The causes of low back pain tend to be interrelated. Most people have at least one episode of recurrent low back pain. The term “low back pain” is used to describe a spectrum of symptoms. Depending on the cause, low back pain may be dull, burning, or sharp, covering a broad area or confined to a single point. Leg symptoms can be caused by lower spine problems that place pressure on a nerve to the leg; they can occur on their own or along with low back pain. Your health professional can assess acute low back pain by talking to you about your medical history and your work and physical activities, and doing a simple physical examination. However, some episodes of low back pain are signs of more serious conditions. Low back pain can result from something simple, like cleaning house or lifting a heavy box, or it can be caused by a diagnosable spine condition like a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease.

Effective pain relief may involve a combination of prescription drugs and over-the-counter remedies including BioFreeze. Some type of Lumbar Support is also important for constant support for low back pain. Wonder-Roll which is a self inflating lumbar support pillow is a good solution that you can take anywhere with you.

The vast majority of lower back pain conditions will get better with time and can be addressed with non-surgical treatments, such as osteopathic or chiropractic manipulation, physical therapy, pain medications, etc.. Low back pain responds very well to appropriate conservative treatment such as physical therapy and proper medication which can be prescribed by your physician.

Author: Donna Nocero


December 30th, 2008 No comments
Jesse Cannone asked:


One of the most common questions I get is…..

“Please help with my back pain”

If you’ve never needed back pain help before, chances are 8 out of 10 you will. Getting help for your back pain is second only to the common cold when it comes to healthcare provider visits in the United States. And it’s right at the top of the list of occupational health hazards.

Although help for your back pain is readily available, terminology and methods used can be confusing at first. Here we’ll demystify some of the common back pain terms and diagnosis methods you’ll run into along the way as you seek help for your back pain.

Getting back pain help: Types of back pain

All back pain is classified as either acute or chronic back pain.

Acute back pain – Indicates a sudden onset of pain, typically with severe lower back pain and limited mobility

Chronic back pain – Chronic back pain refers to lower back pain or acute back pain episodes recurring for more than three months

Getting back pain help: Common back pain terms

You’ll likely hear one or more of these terms used as you seek back pain help at your healthcare provider.

Onset – How the pain begins: either acute (sudden) or insidious (gradually increasing pain over a longer period of time – days or longer)

Frequency / Duration – How often the pain happens and how long it lasts

Recurrence – Back pain with intervals of no pain in between episodes

Persistence – Back pain with pain always present

Location – Where it hurts – the spot on your body where pain is felt

Intensity – Your estimate of how bad the pain is on a scale of 0 (no pain) to 10 (worst pain of your life)

Getting back pain help: Steps to diagnosis

During your search for help with your back pain, when you ask almost any healthcare provider to “help with my back pain,” they will start with one or more of these diagnostic methods to better enable them to provide accurate help for your back pain.

Medical history – You’ll usually need to answer a number of questions related to your personal and family medical histories in addition to questions specific to your back pain

Physical examination – A physical evaluation to assess various postures and movements ranges and related back pain symptoms

Neurological testing – Testing with particular attention to reflexes, muscle strength, and general nervous system and circulatory system conditions

Diagnostic testing – Internal examinations including x-rays, MRIs, CAT scans, etc.

Getting Treatment – You should first research what might be causing your pain and once you have identified the causes you can treat them. In the meanwhile check out this video on how to eliminate back pain at work

If you suffer from back pain and would like to learn how to get relief, check out some of our back pain videos now.

Jesse Cannone