Most Common Queries About Back Pain – Dr. Jwalant S. Mehta

What Causes Back Pain?
Human back is a complex structure comprising spine bones (vertebrae), muscles, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels and disks which all work in tandem to support our bodily functions.
The problem arising with any one of these components can cause back pain and in some of the cases, the causes remain unclear as well. Being a multifactorial condition; lifestyle, environment, & genetic or structural factors can result in the back pain.
In most cases, the cause of back pain is non-specific i.e. it is not caused by any serious disease but by poor posture during regular activities like pushing, pulling incorrectly, slouching or standing for long periods, twisting, awkward bending etc. Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Bone disorders, pregnancy, kidney infections, sleep disorders are other specific causes of back pain.
How common is the back pain?
Back pain is one of the most common conditions that affect the adults of all ages. However, back pain in children i.e. Paediatric Back pain is not so common and s Spinal Surgeon has to be contacted before the condition worsens.
How is the back pain diagnosed?
In case of acute back pain, the physician diagnoses the patients with a physical examination by taking the medical history of the patient into the account. But in cases of chronic back pains, physicians prescribed tests and scans are done to diagnose the condition.
How do I prevent the occurrence back pain?
Almost everyone experiences back pain at some point in time in our life. But the good news is that you can minimize the pain, prevent the recurrence or even ensure a speedy recovery by making simple lifestyle changes like incorporating, an exercise routine, a proper posture, a healthy diet. You can ask your doctor regarding these changes and he will help you with them.
What are the treatment options are available for back pain?
Variety of treatment options are employed based on the specificity and severity of the back pain such as Medicines, Exercise programs, Physical therapy sessions, surgical procedures. Surgery is usually employed for pain related to structural problems.
Do patients always need surgery for back pain?
No, surgery for back pain is recommended only if there is an underlying medical reason behind the pain or if other conservative reasons haven’t worked.
What can I do to prevent my back pain from getting worse?
Most of the cases are solved by physiotherapy and simple lifestyle changes, only a few need surgical care. So as soon as you experience back pain and if it doesn’t seem to subside, seek medical help from a qualified and experienced spinal surgeon. But Paediatric back pain i.e. back pain in children is considered a serious situation and it is recommended to seek medical help as soon as possible.
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