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February 21st, 2009 No comments
Lesley Lyon asked:

One of the very common medical problems is low back pain. Lower back pain is pain felt and travels in the ribs particularly in the back or in the upper part of legs. This pain starts suddenly and could be the follow up of strain or an injury. Sometimes the pain may not have anatomical cause. Sit up or turn over posture may be difficult and the worse could be bending or sitting. Even a sneeze or a cough can be painful.

Back pain normally gets resolved within weeks but the pain undergone by the patients is unbearable. Conservational treatments are normally taken for lower back pain since it is temporary and slowly resolve with time.

For a speedy recovery, proper treatment has to be started only after knowing the exact cause for its occurrence. The main reason for lower back pain can be Lumbar muscle strain and ruptured disc or herniated disc. Disc damage in the inter vertebral column leads to Discogenic lower back pain and this could be diagnosed using discogram. But this in no way relates to herniated disc where the back gets pressed to the nerve. Aging population come across Spinal stenosis as the spinal canal is thinned. This may happen due to arthritis or any other specific conditions. Any joint ache is termed arthritis and particularly on the spine creates lower back pain.

Spinal stenosis causes back pain in the aging population. As we age, the spinal canal can become constricted, due in part to arthritis and other conditions. If the spinal canal becomes too tight, back pain can be the result. Spondylolisthesis occurs due to the instability of adjacent vertebras which start to slip. This results in unstable spine and ends in lower back pain. Osteoporosis Leads to many orthopedic complications and is mostly referred as the compression fractures of vertebral column. This weakens the bones and hence the possibilities of getting fractures are more .If back pain continues for 6 weeks or less it’s referred as acute. If this continues for less than 12 weeks it is described as sub-acute. It’s termed as chronic if it persists for more than 3 months.

Diagnosis is helped by blood tests and scan but not to a greater extent and X rays are not advised due to high radiation. Muscle strain heals quickly as the blood supply is good and carries the needed nutrients with proteins for healing. Bed rest is advised for severe pain but not for two days or more. Hot or cold application eases the pain to a certain extent. People who are active with good physique can avoid low backache, as there will be regular stretch of muscles. The supporting muscles of the spine are extensors, which include back and gluteal muscles, Flexors, which comprise abdominal and iliopsoas muscles and the last one is the side muscles also called as rotators. It’s also referred as Obliques .Not all these muscles are used in day-to-day life and they get weakened with age.

Lower backache exercise program should combine stretching and strengthening exercises with aerobics. Common symptoms of lower back pain for people less than 60 year old will be pain in legs or numbness and pain during movement and sitting. Older people will have symptoms like increase of back pain during the morning g and evening periods with stiffness in the back and. pain is also felt downwards in the legs. Psychological reasons play main role on pain levels and so person’s attitude and situation plays an active role.

Neurological symptoms like weakening, feeling of numbness or tingling sometimes accompany pain. Immediate attention is needed if there is a dysfunction in bladder or in the bowel and weakness or numbness in the groin.

Precautions like avoidance of stress and maintaining proper weight with regular exercise help in eliminating the problems of lower back pain.

ANTHONY

January 12th, 2009 No comments
Dr John Anne asked:

Back Pain Introduction

Many people all over the world suffer from back pain. And for many, there is nothing more important than finding a good treatment for this potentially disabling problem. Back pain can occur in people of any age. Back pain can be a real hassle for the person suffering from it. Some back pains can come suddenly and only last for a few days, while other types of back pain can occur gradually, and last for a much longer time, causing serious pain or discomfort. If you are suffering from chronic back pain, you should contact a chiropractor who may be able to reduce your symptoms.

Causes for Back Pain

Back pain can be the result of serious injury, or it may be the symptom of a medical problem. Pain in the lower back can be a sign of kidney infection and many other medical problems all of which should be reported to your doctor. Some people experience back pain simply as a result of excess strain on the back muscles, or any other physical activity that could cause strain. Other lower back pains can be a symptom of other more serious conditions such as infections of the spine which is a serious medical problem that should be reported to your doctor right away. Some back conditions can be cured with a little help of a chiropractor who can help to realign your body.

Back Pain Treatment and Other Information

Treatment for back pain is easy to find because this is such a common problem with people all over the world. You may not even have to leave your home to get treatment. In fact, it is probably better to stay home. Most doctors will tell you that lower back pain is likely a result of too much stress on the back muscles and the best way to deal with this is by letting those muscles heal, and try to avoid future damage. This is probably the best way to deal with pain in the lower back.

You may have chronic back pain due to an injury you might have sustained once that caused movement in your spine, which in turn can result in severe back pain that comes on gradually. It may be time to talk to your doctor if you start to experience unusual symptoms that typically do not come with the general muscle pain of the lower back. If your back pain is accompanied by chills or fever that could be a sign of infection, and you should contact your doctor immediately to insure that the damage does not worsen, because over time it can grow to be disabling.

Also you should pay attention to the severity of your pain, if the pain wakes you up in the night frequently, or you have pain that persists for more than two or three days; you should never hesitate to contact a doctor who can help you by the use of medicines or surgery to treat your chronic back pain. Pay attention to yourself and the way your body feels. Most pain that occurs in the lower back is simply the result of a pulled muscle or muscle tension. In older people, this can be caused by arthritis, and can lead to a medical condition called spinal stenosis that causes severe pain and agony for elderly people. You should never expect for a doctor or chiropractor to completely cure you overnight. This is something that takes time to heal and there is simply no rushing it.

Sometimes you can purchase helpful medications and icy hot patches that will help relieve the pain while it heals. But again there is no quick fix when it comes to back pain. One of the most important things to remember is just to relax and not to over exert. This can make a world of difference just giving your back the time it needs to heal after a serious strain. Try not to repeat your mistake twice so many people who strain their backs tend to do it over and over again, because they simply do not remember to avoid those things that caused their muscle strain.

CICELY