Back pain can make your life pathetic & debilitating if you do not get proper treatment on time. At the initial stage, when the pain is less severe, people often neglect it and take a pain killer medicine or massage or an ointment or use a pain relief spray to alleviate their pain. But it is harmful if you ignore your back pain at an early stage because it can make you disable at a younger age. Therefore, act promptly and consult a spine doctor/pain & spine specialist.
5 common reasons for back pain are given below:
- Strain in muscle or ligament-
Lifting heavy weight or some odd movement can strain your back muscles and spinal ligaments. If there is repeated strain on your back it may lead to severe muscle spasms.
- Slip Discs–
Slipped disc is a condition where the soft jelly like tissue in the discs between the vertebral bodies joints comes out due to wear and tear. Slipped disc results in lower back pain.
- Arthritis –
Arthritis in the spine reduces the space around the spinal cord between the joints of spine and causes lower back pain. If space is reduced around the spinal cord because of arthritis and slipped disc, this condition is also known as stenosis.
- Scoliosis –
Scoliosis occurs if spine curves sideward abnormally. Severe scoliosis causes back pain.
- Spondylolisthesis –
It occurs when a bone in the spine gets dislocated in the lower back.
Who is Spine and Pain Specialist ?
Spine and Pain specialists are usually Anesthesiologist who have done super specialisation in Spine and Pain Interventions. Interventions are minimally invasive, non surgical and target specific procedures to diagnose and to relieve pain.
A pain & spine specialist can identify the reason for your back pain and do proper treatment to cure you soon. More than 70% of spine surgeries can be avoided with minimally invasive spine interventions. Pain and Spine specialist may refer you to spine surgeon if the compression is severe and if interventions are not possible.
All back pains are not severe and can be cured without surgery. In any renowned healthcare centre, there is a group of doctors who treats the patients with back pain problem as team. Usually, the Spine team comprises of a pain & spine specialist, neurosurgeon, orthopedic surgeon, physical therapist, chiropractic and primary physician.
Pain & spine specialist’s job:
A Pain & spine specialist treats the low back pain, leg pain, buttocks pain, tail bone pain because of slipped disc, nerve compression, degeneration, arthritis, sciatica and vertebral fractures. Method of treatment is first to find exact source of pain and then treat it with the help of advanced non-surgical, minimally-invasive procedures or/and modern medicines. There is no need of hospitalization in most of the treatments or if required maximum 1 – 2 days of hospital stay sometimes.
A neurosurgeon treats severe stenosis, slipped discs, spondylolisthesis, vascular disease, movement disorder, spinal deformity, and more. Some specialist neurosurgeons also do treatment for tumors, vascular problem, trauma, and epilepsy.
A certified spine doctor can easily identify the cause of your back pain and do the right treatment.