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If you have ever had back pain or back surgery, then you know the pain can be life altering. It just gets in the way, it hurts, and you just want some relief now. I have personally known two people who have surgical steel rods implanted into their spine. This was not an easy process for them. The mere thought of either dealing with chronic back pain or having to have back surgery of any kind can take its toll. Back pain is not only physically challenging but can be an emotional roller-coaster as well. Chronic back pain can be one of the most agonizing and debilitating afflictions the human body can endure. Below are five tips to minimize failed back surgery and continued back pain.
First, it is essential that you know, trust and understand your diagnosis. Many pains look alike. A proper diagnosis is crucial to getting the appropriate treatment for your problem. For example, if you had Multiple Sclerosis but were diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, your treatment would not work and possibly make your pain worse. The same goes for back surgery, if you are treated for the wrong problem, the results are likely to do nothing or possibly even make the situation worse. Continue reading
Whenever you’re experiencing chronic back pain you may find yourself wondering what your options are for easing this pain. Today you may consider talking to a spine surgeon about spinal cord stimulation. This may be just what you need so that you can get back to living a full life once again.
This is a procedure whereby the perception of pain is masked by changing the way in which your brain perceives the pain signals, changing them to a tingling sensation instead. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, under sedation anesthesia. During the procedure a catheter is placed into your spinal canal where it’s manipulated so that it rests over top of the center of your spinal cord. You will then be asked if you are feeling pain relief and where you’re feeling the tingling sensation at.
At the location where the catheter exits your skin it’s attached to a battery unit that’s programmable. You’ll wear this for a period of up to one week in order to determine how much pain relief you’re actually receiving. Continue reading
Chronic back pain can be difficult to deal with. When other treatments have not fixed the problem, surgery could be an option. There are several important questions to ask a spinal surgeon when considering surgery.
- How will surgery help?
- What surgery is being recommended?
- Can it be described in clear terms?
- What are the benefits of the surgery?
- What are the risks of the surgery?
- How often has the surgeon performed this surgery before?
Spinal surgery, like any surgery, contains risks and a surgeon should be looked at carefully before making a decision to have surgery. Ask what surgery the surgeon is recommending. See if what will be done during the surgery can be explained in clear and easy to understand terms. Ask the surgeon how often they have done this surgery before. Experience will matter, so make sure to select a surgeon familiar with the surgery to be done.
Find out what the benefits of the surgery will be. Spinal surgery is usually done Continue reading
Did you know that how you are sleeping could be the culprit of your chronic lower back pain? Sleeping positions can exacerbate or even cause back pain to develop. The good news is that whether you sleep on your side, stomach or back, simple changes at bedtime may be able to relieve or eliminate your current back issues.
If you love to sleep on your side, place a pillow between your knees and thighs to prevent your top knee from sliding forward onto the mattress. When this position occurs, it can cause your lower spine to rotate, causing back or even hip pain to worsen or develop.
Sleep on your Stomach?
Even though you may love this position, avoid sleeping on your stomach. This position causes your back to arch, one of the most common causes of lower back pain. If you can’t sleep any other way, consider placing a small pillow underneath your hips to put your spine into proper alignment. Continue reading
Millions of people suffer from back pain every day and seek out Tempe back pain treatment. For some it is simply from straining themselves too hard at work or during a sporting event, others have been involved in accidents and some may have Spinal Stenosis, Disc Herniation or Degenerative Disc Disease.
Your first step towards relief should always to be to consult a physician for a thorough exam, but before you embark on any solution you should be aware of all of your Houston back pain treatment choices. Let’s take a look at a few of the common options.
For many, Tempe back pain treatment can be as simple as physical therapy. Often this is the first course of action many take in their search for Houston back pain treatment. However, while physical therapy may be all some patients need, there are many others who need a more lasting solution.
Prescription medication is turned to by many for relief and as a form of Tempe back pain treatment. However, these are not just super sized aspirin you will be taking, chronic back pain sufferers are normally prescribed narcotic pain killers. This can not only be addictive and expensive, but are not a real solution. Continue reading