Back Pain and Neck Pain Blog
As you probably already know, the causes and treatment options for back pain are remarkably complicated. In some cases, the specifics about seemingly complex spine conditions and surgical treatments can be enough to make the head spin.
In such situations, taking a step back and reevaluating your approach to basic yet effective forms of back care can sometimes make a big difference in improving your symptoms and feeling better. Rather than making things too convoluted, keep things simple by returning to these five fundamentals of back pain treatment.
Protecting your bones is an important step to avoiding osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy spine.
The old adage "if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail" applies in spades to treatment of back pain. Doctors tend to have a way of looking at a patient's problem in terms of what their skills can do - a surgeon evaluates patients in terms of whether or not they should have surgery, a pain medicine anesthesiologist will consider an injection, and a chiropractor will evaluate patients for manual manipulation therapy. So when a back pain patient goes to three different doctors, he or she will typically get three very different treatment recommendations.
Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of back pain in people over the age of 60. While osteoarthritis occurs commonly in load-bearing joints, such as hips or knees, it can also occur in the lumbar spine and cause back pain and stiffness.
Anyone who has experienced chronic low back pain knows how frustrating it can be to find a doctor to help. From a surgeon's perspective, I often see patients who have seen multiple other doctors and physical therapists and have not had relief of their pain. (After all, if non-surgical treatment was working they wouldn't be coming to me to get a surgical opinion in the first place.)