Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain

Whether your back pain is acute or chronic, it is advisable that you get it assessed by a medical practitioner immediately. This can help reveal the extent of the damage to your back muscles, spine vertebrae and tendons and help catch any serious injury early on before it worsens and causes more pain or other complications.

Low back pack is one of the most common types of pain and can severely affect the way you live. The vast majority of people will experience low back pain at least once in their lifetime so it is wise to educate yourself about it.

There are many common causes for low back pain. One of the most frequently encountered kinds of back pain are from sprains, strains or overuse. The lower back can be injured by using bad body mechanics when picking things up. A person who picks up something that is too heavy runs the risk of a disk bulge or herniation.

Many kinds of back pain will eventually resolve over a short period of time. There are several things that you can do to help yourself when you have back pain.

In the first couple of days, ice gives you a good start toward recovery. Ice will help decrease the inflammation and the pain from an acute injury.

It may be appropriate to continue to use ice but it is also safe to begin to use heat after the first couple of days for about fifteen minutes. The heat will help relax the muscles and increase blood flow which will promote healing.

Light stretching can be done to help with low back pain. Stretching will help to get the muscles to relax and it will also increase blood flow to the muscles to help them heal.

Gentle strengthening exercises for the back, the hip and the core muscles can also be very helpful to retrain those muscles to work correctly after injuries.

Learning how to move correctly and keeping your back in a good protected position is vital to prevent injuries in the future. When you move with bad mechanics, your spine tends to bend, twist and move which further irritates the inflamed issue. Correct movements with the spine can also decrease the pain because you are able to dynamically stabilize your spine in the pain free position. This is even truer for people suffering with chronic pain.

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Tips for Chronic Back Pain

Tips for Chronic Back Pain

Your back pain could get better, and soon. There are many treatments that may help, from physical therapy to small but strategic changes in your daily routine. Even your breathing might make a difference!

First, ask your doctor what might be the cause and how to treat it. She may recommend physical therapy or occupational therapy.

Next, add in these eight everyday habits:

1. Use your breath. When the pain kicks in, it’s easy to tense up. Instead, try to breathe deeply. You may want to visualize the breath going to the area that hurts. This will help you relax. You can also try other stress management techniques, including meditation.

2. Rethink your good days. It’s great to feel better. But you may feel tempted to do a lot of stuff to make up for the times you weren’t able to. So ask yourself, “Are my goals realistic?” Pace yourself. It’s one of the keys to getting things done without a pain backlash.

3. Challenge yourself physically. Are you taking it too easy? If you think that you can’t be active because of your back pain, that’s understandable but misguided. Activity helps — as long as it’s not too hard, too long, or too much. Ask your doctor or physical therapist what’s best for you.

4. Edit yourself. Do you tend to say things like, “I can’t do that,” or feel discouraged by your back pain? Wake up your inner editor and start replacing negative thinking with positive self-talk. Encouragement can start from within you.

5. Reach out. Pain can be isolating. So push back. You might join a support group, book a few sessions with a counselor to help manage your emotions, or open up with your friends and family about what you’re going through.

6. Check on your meds. If you take medicines for your back pain, ask your doctor what you can expect from them, including their side effects and how long it’s OK to take them.

7. Cut back on drinking if your back pain makes it hard to get shut-eye. Alcohol may help you fall asleep, but it will also make it harder to stay asleep all night.

8. Do you smoke? Work to kick the habit. Ask your doctor for advice and support on this. Smoking may be linked to degenerative disk disease, a leading cause of low back pain.

Epidural Steroid injections

Epidural Steroid injections

An epidural steroid injection (ESI) is a minimally invasive procedure that can help relieve neck, arm, back, and leg pain caused by inflamed spinal nerves. ESIs may be performed to relieve pain caused by spinal stenosis, spondylolysis, or disc herniation.

During the procedure the patient lies face down on the procedure table, a pillow may be put under the stomach area for comfort. Local anesthetic is used to numb the skin and tissue down to the vertebra. The Physician will use image guided x-ray to ensure the correct placement of the needle tip. The Physician will then inject a contrast solution to confirm placement of the needle. Then a mixture of anesthetic and steroids is injected to reduce the pain and inflammation. The needle is removed and a band aid is used to cover the tiny wound.

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

What is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)?

Plasma is the liquid portion of your blood and is primarily composed of water, but also includes proteins and nutrients. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is a sample of the patients’ own plasma that is concentrated with platelets (for clotting) and white blood cells (for fighting infection).

PRP is obtained by drawing a small sample of blood from the patient and removing the red blood cells and plasma. This technology yields a high concentration of platelets and white blood cells that is 5-7 times greater than normal. This separation is done in the office and is ready to use at the time of injection.

Regenerative Injection Therapy with PRP

This procedure utilizes your body’s own bioactive proteins, also known as growth factors, to replace, repair, and regenerate tissue. Therefore, by increasing the concentration of platelets, we can deliver a powerful mixture of growth factors directly to the injured tissue and dramatically enhance the body’s natural healing process.This treatment may result in a more rapid, efficient, and thorough, restoration of the tissue to a healthy state.

What conditions does this procedure treat?

PRP has been used for over 20 years in numerous surgical fields to enhance bone grafting, accelerate wound healing and reduce the risk of injection after surgery. In recent years, physicians have begun injection PRP to treat chronic pain. Tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, rotator cuff tears, shoulder and hip bursitis, meniscal tears, osteoarthritis and chronic low back and neck pain are all being successfully treated with the injection of PRP [with the goal of regenerating degenerated connective tissue.