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Back Pain Devices
It is not the device: That is necessarily useful. It is making sure the right person is having the correct surgery for the appropriate indications by the "right" surgeon. There are lots of good devices on the market for spinal fusion surgery. The type of device is the least important factor in this scenario. ...Read more
There are several: There are several devices on the market. I don't know of any "one" device which is the best. The results of treatment with these devices is hard to measure and compare in a scientific manner. ...Read more
What benefit, if any, is there in using a TENS Unit hand held device to try to decrease back pain? Prescribed by MD.
For some, less pain: It doesn't 'correct' the cause of the pain, but for some it does reduce their pain. The stimulation seems to 'confuse' the nerve endings and they send fewer, weaker pain messages to the brain. Nerves may be unable to handle multiple signals and this over-rides the pain. ...Read more
See below: There are many potential causes of lumbago or low back pain. The most common causes are related to strain or injury to the mucles and/or structures of the lower spine. While a "cure" often depends on the actual cause, prevention can be obtained by maintaining a healthy weight, good flexibility, and a strong core. See your physician if you have pain greater than 2 weeks. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: If you are getting recurrent common back pain and discomfort then it could be a sign of weak core muscles in back and abdomen. Also it could be due to poor lifting mechanics etc as well. If it persists see you doctor, otherwise recommend yoga or pilates as exercise regimens to help with your back. Also wear good shoes and sleep on a supportive mattress and use tylenol +/- Ibuprofen for otc relief. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many ways: There are so many ways to treat back pain. In my opinion stretching can be the most helpful. Also it is important not to become too inactive as this will just weaken the back muscles and cause more problems. Physical therapy, sometimes medications, sometimes injections are also some of the treatments. Most back pain is rarely serious. For back pain that does not go away on its own, see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stay active: This is a simple answer to a sometimes complex problem. Stretching and staying active are two of the most important components to recovering from back pain. Enlist the help of a good physical therapist; they can be the cornerstone of treatment and lasting recovery. The great majority of episodes of back pain resolve on their own with time; x-rays and mri's are rarely needed to affect the outcom. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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