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Back Pain Relief Treatment
Started physical therapy today(for my lower back pain and sciatica),is it normal that I feel more in pain now(while the PT,I felt pain relief)?
A recent study showed that in a hospitalized group of patients it was not the actual degree of pain relief that determined patient satisfaction. It was the perceived concern on the part of the heath care providers and their attempts to alleviate the degree of pain that mattered. Even ...Read more
Significant middle back pain. No relief from OTC meds. Mri showed disk bulges t8 thru t11. Is this the cause and what's the treatment going forward?
Maybe: Disc bulging is not concerning but degenerated discs are. Best way to reduce back pain is to be as light as you can (optimal weight) be as fit as you can (high level of fitness with good core muscle strength) and don't smoke. The intermittent use of anti-inflammatory medications will help as well. An epidural injection is also very effective. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How effective is a RF neurotomy for lower back pain treatment? Do most people get relief? What is the next step if it doesn't work?
It can help: Somatics may offer relief from chronic back pain by re-education of the neuromuscular body reflex pathways that contribute to pain. It is free from medication side effects; can be self taught or instructor lead. It is a useful treatment option to re-establish the normal structure-function relationship of our nervous and musculoskeletal system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gentle Stretching: Gentle poses that stretch the psoas and quadratus lumborum musculature can often be helpful in treating/preventing low back pain. Positions such as downward dog, cobra and "warrior 1" can help. However, it is best to use these positions as part of a broader yoga routine. I recommend taking a local yoga class to learn how to safely and gently utilize these forms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Let me explain: It depend on the degree of kyphosis you have wither you need any special treatment surgically or by physiotherapy, if your case does not require any surgical treatment, you could some exercises and use advil if you can. You log on this web site for the exercises. http://www.pilates-back-joint-exercise.com/kyphosis-exercise.html. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How is a diskectomy different from a spinal fusion? What's the difference between a diskectomy and a spinal fusion? Is one better than the other for back pain relief?
Discectomy : Discectomy is the removal of disk. Usually only small amount of disk which has leaked out of the disk space and is pinching a nerve is removed. Discectomy is done primarily for sciatica leg pain not for back pain. Recently surgeons have had success with endoscopic discectomy for treatment of back pan caused by degenerative disk disease with a rip in the disk (radial tear). Fusion surgery most of the disk is removed and cage/bone is put into the disk space. The vertebral bodies are held together with screws and rods. Over time the upper vertebral body fuse across the disk space to lower vertebral body forming "one big bone". Fusion surgery is the standard surgery for back pain. In the future endoscopic discectomy may replace fusion surgery for initial treatment of back pain from degenerative disk disease. Please see my health guides on endoscopic discectomy. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Identify the cause: If possible. Usually muscular and benign, but can be something else. Once serious issues ruled out, stretching and core strengthening as well as general cardiovascular aerobic exercise form the basis for a healthy back. Sometimes stress plays a huge roll, as well, in back pain. Being active, avoiding fear and immobility are crucial. Again, be sure it's nothing serious and then get moving! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Back Pain relief: Back pain plagues us all one time or another; many doctors advise you to use moist heat on the area to loosen up the tight back muscles; but when it comes to medications, it varies depending on your health status. Some patients are given prescriptions for ultram as an anti inflammatory, others are given flexoril. Patches with pain meds can also be used. Narcotics can be given with limited use. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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