What causes back pain?Back pain seems to be a fact of life. Lower back pain affects as many as 80 percent of adults sometime during their lives. Anything from injury to improper lifting to aging may cause back pain. Even though back pain is common among adults, if your pain is severe or becomes more frequent, you should talk to your doctor.
How is back pain diagnosed?Your doctor may use a number of diagnostic tests to determine the cause of your back pain. Depending on whether you have a bone disease or problems with discs or nerves, your doctor may order an X-ray, CT scan or MRI to diagnose a problem.
What treatments are available?Luckily, most back problems can be treated without surgery. Your doctor may suggest limiting your activity and may prescribe pain or anti-inflammatory medications. You may start seeing a physical therapist for exercises designed to strengthen the back.
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What about surgery?Surgery may be an option if you still experience pain or numbness, weakness or tingling in your arms or legs after trying conservative treatments such as rest, medication and physical therapy.
Back surgery is used for these conditions:
Herniated disk Disk degeneration Spinal stenosis (narrowing) Fractures, infections or tumors Spinal deformity
Spine surgery at Spalding Regional Medical CenterYou don’t have to leave the community to get quality care. When conservative treatment doesn’t help your back pain, look to the spine specialists at Spalding Regional Medical Center who are helping people like you find relief.
Spine surgical options available include:
Back surgery techniques are improving. Today, your doctor may be able to use less invasive surgery techniques to treat your condition and you may be able to go home the same day as your surgery. It’s important for you to talk with your doctor about your options and which procedures are recommended and why.
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