April 6, 2013 - Chronic low back pain
Here are the additional tips Dr. Cassaro promised to add to this week's show summary:
Tip! Do you have frequent or chronic low back pain and all tests seem to show nothing is wrong? Do not despair. There are countless instances where other factors- many not detectable by x-ray- can be causing your low back pain. First, NEVER depend on the emergency room at your local hospital to take your concerns seriously. The emergency room doctors are there to fix trauma and look at most everyone else as drug seekers. If you have a bout of bad back pain that happens over a weekend, wait until Monday and call your doctor. If your doctor says "nothing looks wrong" tell him you will find a doctor that will find the cause. It is simple, if you are in pain-something is wrong. Finding it may take looking at more than just your low back. It takes looking at you as a whole person.
Chronic Low Back Pain
This week, Dr. Cassaro discussed Chronic low back pain.
Low back pain is very common. So common, in fact, that it's estimated that 4 out of 5 people will experience it sometime in their lives. The difference between low back pain that goes away and the kind that becomes a chronic pain struggle are discussed in this show. Read the summary and listen to the show to hear causes and effective treatments for chronic low back pain.
Q- How does low back pain start?
A- Low back pain usually starts with an injury. This injury may not be a direct "blunt trauma" to the back, but may be a strain, often from lifting objects that are very heavy, or lifting the wrong way.
Q- Can my low back pain be coming from somewhere
A- Yes. The most common place is the neck. An injury in the neck can cause a great deal of low back pain symptoms. In many cases, if your chronic low back pain treatment isn't working--the source of the pain is probably in your neck. Get an x-ray of your neck.
Q- What are some of the most common causes of chronic low back pain?
A. Here is a list of some of the most common reasons why you may experience chronic low back pain:
- Disks (elaborate)
- Muscle spasm
- Nerve injuries
- Alignment problems
- Neurological causes
- Neck (referred)
- Hip (referred)
- Upper back (referred)
- bone spurs
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Spinal stenosis
- Foot conditions (referred)
- Chronic inflammation
- Bacterial infections
- sacroiliac joint (age, arthritis)
Q- Can medications I take daily lead to chronic low back pain?
A- YES! Some medications can affect digestion. When the digestive system is not working correctly, toxins can build up and cause nerve irritability. In addition, your body may not be extracting vitamins and minerals as it should. This deficiency may lead to low back pain. Make sure you are eating right, and talk with your doctor about the medications you are taking-and the possible side effects it may have on your digestive system.