BACK & NECK
We have specialists to treat back pain and injuries.
Whether you are suffering from an acute injury or a chronic condition, our experienced specialists is here to help.
Lower back pain affects 60-80% of adults, it is the second common reason for consulting your family doctor, and is the most common cause of disability in patients under 45 years old. There are many different causes, and 80% of patients do not have definite diagnosis. However, 90% patients recover and do well with conservative treatment.
What causes back pain?
The most common cause of back pain is a torn or pulled muscle or ligament strain
How best to prevent back ache?
Exercise regularly, rest regularly, avoid heavy housework/ lifting, improve posture, maintain healthy weight, avoid repetitive work/ strain, minimise mental stress, minimise injury/ trauma
Other lower back pain causes (chronic)
Pain is considered chronic if the pain lasts for more than 3 months. Common causes include; disc degeneration, slipped disc, spinal stenosis, facet arthritis. fractures. Less common causes of back pain are from; infection and tumour
Types of pain symptoms
Fast (localized) and slow (aching/throbbing), somatic (skin, joints, muscles and bones), visceral (from internal organs)
and acute and Chronic
A diagnosis takes into account (and not limited to) the following; patient history, clinical examination, X-rays, blood/urine test, bone mineral densitometry, electromyography / nerve conduction test, special scans (MRI scan, CT scan, Bone scan etc)
Who needs an X-ray or MRI Scan?
It is recommended that a X-ray or MRI scan if you are experiencing the following; pain, have numbness or suffer from weakness or tingling. In older patients, if you have difficulty in walking. Other symptoms may appear, if you may have difficulty in passing motion/urine or have discomfort pain at night.
Non-surgery back pain relief - adequate rest, good posture & habits, appropriate exercises, activity modification, medication, relieve pain, anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, anxiolytic / antidepressant, bone strengthening, relieve numbness, physical & occupational therapy, spinal injections, acupuncture and TCM therapy
Who needs surgery?
Pain from nerve compression
Pain from spine instability
Not better with non-surgery treatment