Back pain is one of the most common ailments, affecting an estimated eight out of 10 people. Symptoms range from a dull ache to severe, debilitating pain.
While anyone might experience back pain, there are a number of factors that increase a person’s risk, including age, fitness level, occupation and cigarette smoking.
In addition to a physical examination, your physician might order one or more of the following diagnostic tests:
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While spine surgery can be performed by either an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon, be sure to consider asking him/her the following questions:
The goal is to control the pain, promote healing and prevent complications. Surgery is not uncommon but is not always needed. Rest, ice, heat, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory drugs are usually the first line of dense. Back braces may also be used.
Physicians will consider a patient’s age, overall health, medical history, and the extent of his or her condition before choosing a treatment plan.
Patients should periodically visit their physician so he or she can monitor progress.