Many would argue that back pain is inevitable and for some it becomes a sudden reality. Bending over to pick up a piece of paper, moving furniture, or reaching for something in the car's back seat; one of these scenarios may sound familiar to you. At home or at work, you need to know what to do when a sudden attack of back pain occurs. Fortunately, most back pain will get better naturally. But in order to improve your chances of recovery and to save yourself a trip to your doctor's office, you need to learn some first aid for back pain.
Those of you familiar with life-saving first aid remember the ABC's (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation). Let's apply the ABC's to your back; "A" for arrest the offending activity, "B" for balance the pressure, "C" for control the inflammation. With the ABC's for sudden back pain, you can quickly recover from a sudden back pain attack.
Let's go back to the scenarios: bending, lifting, and twisting (the BLT's). All of these activiti...
Last month, the American Pain Society added to its recommendations to health care providers regarding the diagnosis and treatment of low back pain .
In addition, the Society decided to discuss openly procedures that could be risky to sufferers of low back pain, including recommendations on surgery and other invasive therapies.
Unfortunately, there is not a significant body of good evidence to justify unquestioningly embracing these new recommendations. It is difficult to find well-done clinical studies which support the use of a number of the more invasive treatments used for chronic low back pain.
The initial set of guidelines for the management of chronic low back pain were published in "Annals of Internal Medicine" last October. However, these recommendations dealt more with the initial evaluation of a low back pain patient, and included thoughts on what type of x-rays to order in addition to more conservative treatments such as massage/manipulation and exerci...
Dear Dr. Borigini, I had L5-S1 microdiskectomy surgery at the beginning of June. The pain going down my leg was excruciating for months, and after injections and meds, I chose surgery. The surgery was successful as far as I was concerned, but I still have pain in the back of my right leg. It's not radiating like it was pre-surgery, but sometimes it's almost as painful. My doctor had no explanation for me. I mentioned this to a coworker who had the same operation—he said that he had the same pain and it went away. Well, mine isn't going away and it's been 6 months. He said something about the nerves having to repair themselves. Is this the case? If so, how long does it take to go away? I think it's getting better, then it comes back full force. An MRI of my back revealed no connection. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! As you know from conversations with your coworker, individuals respond differently to the same surgery. I have seen many patien...
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