Back pain is the number one reason people visit their doctor and nearly nine of ten will experience at least one episode of back pain in their lives. It can be debilitating in some cases, causing the sufferer to make a number of unwanted changes in lifestyle including giving up activities they normally enjoy. Back pain can also mean missing work and the inability to hold down a job.
Causes of back pain
Using improper body mechanics when lifting, stress, weak core muscles and physical injury are among the most common cause of back pain. There can also be other underlying causes such as spinal problems that are difficult to detect without a thorough examination.
Treatment of back pain
There are number of ways to treat back pain and the treatment chosen depends on the cause and severity of the pain. Pain medication is often prescribed along with rest and inactivity. Conversely, some physicians recommend walking and other activities to help relieve back pain in those cases where muscle weakness is the contributing factor. Hot packs, cold packs and muscles relaxers help some patients with ultrasound treatments and traction required to treat severe cases.
Surgery is only an option for some
Typically, surgery is considered a last resort for most back patients and is only effective in certain types of patients. Results are mixed with many patients experiencing little or no relief. Thus, the risks of surgery must be wisely weighed against the probability of gaining a positive result.
A different approach – a measure of mesencephalic output
This unique, yet very effective method to determine the cause of back pain is based on the mesencephalon, which is found in the upper part of the brain stem. A thorough neurological exam is needed to determine if changes in mesencephalic output are contributing to the patient’s pain. In many back pain patients, a high mesencephalic output may be a contributing factor. A high output of the mesencephalon can effect sleep, cause an increase in pulse and heart rate, touch off a urinary tract infection and cause increased sensitivity to light.
Along with a high mesenphalic output, the low back pain patient may have a decreased output of the cerebellum (in the rear of the brain), which controls involuntary spinal musculature. If the cerebellum is not functioning as it should, localized back pain can appear near or around the spinal area.
If you would like to have more information or to set up a consultation and see how we can help you (or someone you know), with back pain, give us a call (813)254-5200 Tampa to schedule an appointment to see if you are a candidate for these breakthrough procedures.