At some point in our life we all suffer from either major or minor back pain. You would have heard people say that they cannot stand for long or work at a stretch in the same posture. Or possibly, you have heard people complain about chronic lower back pain even though they have not suffered any injury or been in an accident. The pain is often ignored as something trivial, and therefore, to seek temporary relief we take pain killers. A chronic back pain could affect your daily activities for a long period of time. It is important to understand the source of the pain as it may affect you in the long run if not treated properly.
There are several causes of lower back pain other than trauma or accident, as patients with neither of the issues have also complained of lower back pain. Several other sources of lower back pain include disturbance of large nerve roots in the low back that goes to the leg or small nerves which aid the lower back, constriction of the large paired lower back muscles, injury to bones, ligaments or joints or deterioration of an intervertebral disc. In order to determine the pain, Discography is an essential diagnostic procedure.
The treatment for lower back pain depends on its severity. Center for Wellness and Pain Care in Las Vegas conducts Spinal Cord Stimulation also called SCS. This procedure uses electrical impulses to relieve chronic pain of the back, arms and legs. It is considered that electrical pulses prevent pain signals from reaching the brain. SCS candidates include people who suffer from chronic lower back pain and for those who are not satisfied with the traditional treatment method. Another procedure conducted by the clinic is Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy. Also known as radiofrequency rhizotomy, is a minimally invasive procedure which eliminates the pain of damaged facet joints by disrupting the medial branch nerves that carry the pain signals. Lumbar Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injectionis another procedure performed by this clinic. As the name suggests, it is a steroid anesthetic medication which reduces swelling and inflammation of irritated spinal nerve. It is performed to relieve pain in the lower back and pain that radiates from the back to the legs. The procedure takes only a few minutes to complete.
Other than surgeries and medications, there are several important point to keep in mind in order to avoid lower back pain. Firstly, always maintain a good posture at gym or while lifting weights or whenworking in the office as it will help to avoid pressure on back as poor posture puts unnecessary strain on your back. Exercise daily as it will keep your body flexible and helps you balance your body evenly. For sprains or minor injury, consult a doctor immediately as delaying can put your health at risk.