Time for school, spine school. Millions of people experience some type of back pain every year. Billions of precious dollars are spent chasing the pain. With these types of epidemic numbers, everyone can benefit from some education about spine pain. The answers to what's, why's and how's can help to dispel fear, frustration, and disappointment. Fear comes from the unknown. Frustration comes from the unclear. Disappointment comes from the unrealized. All of these "un" words can be undone with health education at spine school. Epidemics are solved with knowledge.
Come with me to school. I take on the questions and give you straight answers based on the latest research about the spine. With the right information, you can get on the road towards recovery. This information is not meant to replace a proper, thorough evaluation by the right doctor. Everyone is different and every situation is different; thus, individual evaluation is critical. However, not every doctor has the knowled...
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...
Leg pain, arm pain, and even headaches can all be referred from the facet joints in the spine. These small joints connect each vertebral body. Like other joints in the body, the facet joints can wear out and develop arthritis (inflammation of a joint characterized by swelling and pain). Facet arthritis pain can refer to distant parts of the body as discussed in the article called “Sciatica: What is it?” If the source of this traveling pain is targeted, then vast swaths of pain can disappear. The newest invasive treatment actually targets the medial branch nerve that acts like a telephone line for the facet joint pain. When that line is cut, the pain signals from the joint cannot get through to the brain. The “cut” is actually a burn in the nerve. In other words, the nerve is ablated by radiofrequency heat—called Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA). Because the nerve can repair itself, this intentional injury is just a temporary disruption of the referred pain.
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