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Low Back Pain

Back pain is different from one person to the next. The pain can have a slow onset or come on suddenly. The pain my come or go or be constant it just varies depending on the type of activities you take part in. It can also be caused by age since aging causes degenerative changes in the spine.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

Nonsurgical Treatment

Surgery is not always the best option. In less developed forms of spine pain, the following might be explored:

 

Medications

Several different medications may be used to help relieve pain (Aspirin, Non steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, Narcotic pain meds, and steroids).

 

Physical Therapy

A combination of therapeutic treatments and medications often also help to relieve pain effectively.

Surgical Treatment

Patients should consider surgery after trying the nonsurgical options for 6 months – a year.

Spinal Fusion

The basic idea is to fuse together the painful vertebrae so that they heal into a single, solid bone.

Disc Replacement

This surgery involves removing the disk and replacing it with artificial parts. The goal of disk replacement is to allow the spinal segment to keep some flexibility and maintain more normal motion.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES

Although low back pain is inevitable at some point in your life, there are things that can be done to lessen the impact of low back problems.

Exercise

Combine aerobic exercises with exercises to keep the muscles in your back and abdomen strong and flexible.

Proper Lifting

Be sure to lift heavy items with your legs and not your back. Keep your back straight and bend at your knees.

Weight

Maintain a healthy weight because being overweight puts added stress on your lower back.

Avoid Smoking

Both the smoke and nicotine cause your spine to age faster than normal.

Proper Posture

Good posture is important to avoid future problems.

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