Chronic Back Pain – Orthopedic McKinney

by Administrator 27. June 2017 06:11

The back provides support to the upper part of the body and helps to carry out all the bending and twisting movements. It is made up of several vertebral columns stacked over each other and supported by muscles and ligaments.  Injury to these soft tissues may result in immense pain and discomfort. If the symptoms continue for over three months, the conditions is termed as Chronic Back Pain and may require extensive treatment.

Causes:

  • Muscle strains or sprains
  • Improper lifting of a heavy object
  • A sudden fall that puts pressure on the back
  • Poor posture
  • Sports injuries
  • Awkward gait
  • Bending down for long periods
  • Straining the neck forward, such as when driving or using a computer
  • Long driving sessions without a break

Risk Factors:

  • Stressful job
  • Pregnancy 
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Growing age
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Strenuous physical exercise

Symptoms

  • Elevated body temperature
  • Inflammation on the back
  • Persistent back pain
  • Pain down the legs and knees
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Lost control over bowel movements
  • Numbness around the genitals and buttocks

Diagnosis:

After conducting a thorough physical test, the doctor may ask the patient to undergo several other tests such as –

  • X-rays
  • Blood test
  • Urine tests
  • Spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Nerve conduction studies and electromyography to determine nerve or muscle injury
  • Bone scan

Treatment

Non-Surgical Treatment

  • Muscle relaxants and painkillers may be recommended
  • Patients may be asked to wear back braces to provide support to the spine
  • The doctor may ask the patient to apply hot and cold packs alternatively after some time period
  • Patients may be advised to avoid activities that aggravate the pain
  • Exercises may also be recommend to regain the muscle strength

Surgical Treatment

If the back pain is due to some other underlying condition a surgery may be recommend

  • Fusion – A bone graft may be used to join two vertebrae together. They may be supported with metal plates or screws.
  • Artificial disk – A metal plate may be inserted between two vertebrae to replace the damaged disk.
  • Discectomy – If portion of a disc presses against the nerve and causes irritation, the surgeon may remove it.

Consult Dr. Burg for complete treatment of Chronic Back Pain. To schedule an appointment with the spine specialist, visit 7300 Eldorado Parkway, Suites 165/165A, McKinney, Texas 75070.

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