Lower back pain is one of the most common health problem. At least 75-80% people suffer from significant back pain requiring some sort of treatment in their lifetime. Low back pain or Lumbago is not a disease. It is a symptom of various disorders of vertebral bones, back muscles, spinal disc, spinal ligaments, spinal cord or occasionally, abdominal organs. Lower back pain can also get referred to hip area.
All of us are going to have spinal degeneration with aging. Mild back pain is experienced by everyone at some or the other point in time. There are certain Dos and Don’ts which can help us in preventing back pain and to reduce it’s severity if we are already suffering.
In majority of the patients, back pain is a self-limiting symptom. Following treatment can be taken at home for recent onset mild back-pain.
In 1-2 weeks, patients usually get significant relief. However, it is recommended to consult a spine specialist in following situations:
Spine specialist will examine the patient and will decide if further course of medicine and physiotherapy should be tried or patient need further investigations. Usually following medical treatment is given:
If patient does not recover in a reasonable period of time, further investigations are required. Usually following tests are done.
If a significant pathology is detected in investigation, further treatment with spinal injection or surgery (decompression with/ without fusion) might be required based on the severity of the symptoms and patient’s recovery with non-surgical treatment.
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