Back Pain2018-08-22T12:04:17-07:00

Does Chronic Back Pain Control Your Life?

Surprising Facts About Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain is:

  • More common than you might think. Up to 85% of the U.S. population will deal with back pain at some time in their life.

  • Expensive!  It is estimated that between $45 and $54 billion is spent annually treating chronic back pain.

  • Serious.  Chronic back pain keeps about 6.5 million people in bed every day.

  • Pervasive.  It is estimated that 5-10% of all low back pain is chronic.

  • Hip, Foot and Leg pain may actually stem from a misalignment in the lower spine.

  • Impacts productivity.  It is the #1 worker’s comp injury claim. About 93 million workdays are lost each year to chronic back pain.

  • Is Medically Serious.  About 500,000 spine surgeries are performed annually in the U.S. alone.  It is the second most common surgical procedure.

  • Potentially debilitating.  Chronic back pain causes disability in approximately 5.4 million Americans each year.

  • Affects all age groups.  It is the #1 cause of disability for those under the age of 45.

Causes Of Chronic Back Pain Include:

  • Cancer

  • Inflammatory Arthritis and Infection
  • Disc Herniation and Bulging Disc
  • Osteoarthritis/Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Kyphosis
  • Obesity
  • Radiculopathy
  • Tumors
  • Fractures and Dislocations
  • Facet Syndrome/
    Synovitis/Capsulitis

  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Compression Fracture
  • Lordosis
  • Trauma
  • Sciatica
  • Neoplasm

  • Degenerative Disc Disease

  • Osteoporosis

  • Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS)

  • Discitis
  • Ligament Hypertrophy
  • Pregnancy
  • Scoliosis

How To Test For Chronic Back Pain

  1. Undergo a full evaluation with a spine specialist (DC, DO, MD)
  2. Diagnostic testing, as necessary, prior to starting any new chronic back pain treatment program.

This will help identify the root cause of your condition and allow for creation of a treatment program most suited to your specific condition.

Chronic back pain is typically diagnosed using one or more of the following tests:

X-rays:

An x-ray allows the doctor to see your bones, joints and any possible degenerative lesions in the spine.  It does not allow him to evaluate the soft tissue such as muscles and ligaments.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI):

An MRI is a common test used to evaluate the soft tissues in the body, especially the spine’s discs, joints, nerves and bones.  The test is prescribed in a weight bearing mode to better evaluate the interverbal disc spaces.

Cat Scan (CT Scan):

This test used when the doctor suspects problems with your bones or when you are unable to obtain an MRI.

EMG:

This test evaluate the nerves in the arms and legs to assess possible obstructions.

Bone Density Test:

This important procedure allows the doctor to determine if there are signs of early or progressing osteoporosis.  It is fast, painless and noninvasive.

Bone Scan:

This test injects a small radioactive tracer into a vein in the arm that is “tagged” to a calcium like material.  It takes about 4 hours and has no known side effects.  It is typically only conducted to confirm the doctor’s diagnosis of specific bone conditions.

Discography:

This test is used to help the doctor to determine the level of the painful disc.

Myelogram:

This test injects dye into the spinal column to help flex the area before being x-rayed in order to allow the doctor to see affected areas more clearly.

Chronic back pain can be prevented but often results when you do not take your back pain seriously by seeking immediate or the most effective treatment.  It is a condition that will become worse if left untreated.  If you suffer from chronic back pain or know of someone who does, then our specialists at our Miami Back and Neck Pain Center can help.

We treat chronic back pain in thousands of patients without the use of:

  • Drugs
  • Injections or
  • Surgery

Treatment For Chronic Back Pain

If you are suffering with chronic back pain there are two things you can do today to begin the process of obtaining quick and lasting relief through the combination of spinal decompression and our Neck and Back Rejuvenation System:

  1. Schedule a no obligation consultation to determine if our Neck and Back Rejuvenation System is best for you. 305-912-9072
  2. Enter your name and email into the form on this website to receive your FREE PATIENT’S GUIDE on How To Get Lasting Relief From Chronic Back Pain Without The Use Of Drugs, Injections or Surgery.

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