Most back pains can be so intense and troublesome but not life-threatening. Most acute back pains will go away by themselves without therapy. If the pain interferes with your usual daily routine or hampers your sleep, you can take analgesics or some over-the-counter medications that help in alleviating the pain. There are certain conditions too that can bring about back pain if left unchecked. For instance, pregnancy can make women experience lower back pain due to the pressure of their ballooning belly on the spine. People with arthritis may also experience some acute pains in the back as with people who suffer from kidney stones, scoliosis and osteoporosis. With some dietary and lifestyle changes, proper medication and exercise, the pain can be addressed permanently.
There are also instances when relieving back pains is possible with some alternative treatments and non-surgical procedures that provide lifetime freedom from the pain. Nevertheless, certain conditions cannot be completely addressed by these treatments due to the nature of their circumstances. These non-surgical treatments may only provide temporary relief for the discomfort and pain yet unable to address the real cause. Some cases of chronic pain in the lower back need other treatments aside from the intake of medications. To determine what really causes the pain, it is advisable to see a doctor for proper check-up and diagnosis.
Your doctor may go over your medical history and conduct a battery of physical tests to determine the main cause of your back pain. You may be required to undergo a series of CT scans, MRIs, blood tests and X-rays to help your doctor make a proper diagnosis of your condition. There are cases wherein even with all the tests and check-ups, the real cause of your back pain may never be known. Nonetheless, one may still be treated even without establishing the real cause.
There are several instances wherein back pains are caused by some trouble in the spinal column area. We all know the importance of spinal health in the overall function and health of our bodies. The spine plays a major role in holding up and providing support to the skeletal system of a person as well as being the source of major support to the neck and head, protection for the spinal cord and all the nerves that go through its passage. If something goes wrong in the spine, you can expect the whole body to suffer.
One of the most obvious symptoms of a spine-related back pain is intense pain in the legs. In this case, especially when spinal spondylolisthesis or stenosis is the cause, a posterior lumbar decompression should be undertaken to treat the nerve issues in the spine effectively. This is a surgical procedure that involves relieving the compacted nerve or removing the problematic disc. What happens during this type of surgery? In a decompression surgery involving the lumbar, a small part of the bone which is located over or under the nerve root or disc stuff is taken out. This is to give more space to the nerve root and give an improved healing atmosphere.