Stop Suppressing Back Pain, CURE IT!!!
Mrs. Rekha, 50yrs female, Woke up early morning went for the washroom, as soon as she tried to get up she had a severe a pain in her back and radiating towards her back of the thigh,she fell down and couldn’t get up on her own, when she was taken to the hospital doctors diagnosed her with sciatic pain.(low back pain)
CAUSES OF LOW BACK PAIN
2) Incorrect postures
3) Wrong sitting habits
4) Clinical causes
- A bulging or herniated disc- In both cases, nerve compression and irritation cause inflammation and pain, often leading to extremity numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness.
- Lumbar spinal stenosis-narrowing of spinal canal
- Trauma- history of fall
- Piriformis syndrome- Piriformis syndrome is named for the piriformis muscle and the pain caused when the muscle irritates the sciatic nerve. The piriformis muscle is located in the lower part of the spine, connects to the thighbone, and assists in hip rotation
- Spinal tumors
5) Pregnancy/Post pregnancy
6) surgical history
- Symptoms of sciatica usually affect one side of the body.
- Pain from sciatic nerve compression may feel dull, sharp, burning, or accompanied by intermittent shocks of shooting pain beginning in the buttock and travelling downward into the back and/or side of the thigh and/or leg.
- Sciatica extends below the knee and may be felt in the feet.
- Sometimes symptoms of sciatic nerve compression include tingling and numbness.
- Sitting and trying to stand up may be painful and difficult.
- Coughing and sneezing can intensify the pain.
- Heavy lifting from above the shoulders
- Heavy lifting from below the knees
- Twisting while lifting/carrying
- Bending over at the waist
- Carrying objects to one side
- Twisting at the waist
- Rolling shoulders
- Leaning forward
- front/back Bending
- Use of soft or firm mattress.
- Lifting with your arms rather than shoulders
- Bend your knees and pick/lift the objects
- Try to do work using more of thighs than back muscles
- Use of mid soft mattress.
- If stiffness is there, you can deep a towel in the hot water squeeze it and apply that heat on the stiff area, it will give you a relief.
LOW BACK PAIN TREATMENT PLAN–
- Immobilization for 2-3 days.(rest)
- Pain is best treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) such as ibuprofen or codeine (in acute cases).
- In some cases a cortisone-like drug may be injected into the epidural space surrounding the spinal column. This procedure is similar to the epidural used during childbirth.
- IFT ( Interf arential Therapy)- it helps to reduce radiating pain, and strengthens your back muscles.
- Ultrasound therapy-to reduce swelling
- Tens-it gives good results to reduce nerve pain.
- Traction-it helps to reduce muscle spasm.
- SWD (short wave therapy-Heat treatment)-it gives moist heat to reduce inflammation.
These are few exercises which will help you to reduce your pain and strengthen your muscles.
Ion Magnum will help you to strengthen your core muscles which includes back muscles, abdominal muscles, by contraction and relaxation, which will give you a relief from back pain, at the same time we can work on thighs to strengthen quadriceps and hamstrings to reduce a radiating pain.
It will also improve muscle mass and overall stamina of body, which will start a fat burning phase and give a weight loss or a fat loss. Aerobic exercise burns fat, improves mood, strengthens the heart and lungs and reduces your risk of diabetes. You can easily overcome obesity and ultimately back pain!!
Most patients with sciatica respond well to non-surgical treatments, so spine surgery is seldom needed to treat it. However, there are situations when you may want to go ahead with spine surgery:
Two common spinal surgeries for sciatica are:
- Discectomy or Microdiscectomy: In both of these procedures, the surgeon removes all or part of a herniated disc that’s pushing on your sciatic nerve and causing your sciatica symptoms. The difference between the procedures is that a microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive surgery.
- Laminectomy or Laminotomy: These procedures both involve a part of the spine called the lamina—a bony plate that protects the spinal canal and spinal cord. A laminectomy is the removal of the entire lamina; a laminotomy removes only a part of the lamina. These procedures can create more space for the nerves, reducing the likelihood of the nerves being compressed or pinched.
Dr. Sayali Athanikar
Obesity & Cosmetology Consultant