A low back pain is a very common symptom heard these days from almost all walks of people with multitude of lifestyles. Be it your sedentary lifestyle or an episode of over stretching your back during exercise, this pain is nagging, lingering and just does not seem to stop.
Lifting weights, climbing stairs, standing or sitting in a particular position longer than usual also kick starts the pain all over again. While it might present itself at a localized area, it might also spread across with passage of time and ignorance to treat.
So, before it damages any further, know what you need to do for your back pain.
When do I see the doctor?
The most common symptoms, which should be taken, note at once are
- Muscle ache
- Shooting or stabbing pain
- Pain that radiates down your leg
- Pain that worsens with bending, lifting, standing or walking
- Pain that improves with reclining
What are the treatment options?
Depending upon your condition and severity of the problem, our spine expert will advise you on the next steps and procedure details.
Upon examining your condition with a series of tests like X-rays, MRI, CT scan and/or ultrasound, our orthopedic consultant may proceed with surgical treatments.
Rest, lifestyle modification, medications, epidural steroid injections and/or anti-inflammatory medications and radiofrequency ablation (which uses an electrical current to heat nerve tissue and decrease pain signals from the affected area) will be the most preferred modes of treatment.
Genicular nerve block & Radio Frequency Ablation
If you have been experiencing pain due to various reasons and would like to go for a non invasive procedure, then this is a good choice. Radiofrequency (RF) neurotomy, when applied to articular nerve branches (genicular nerves) can provide a therapeutic alternative for effective management of chronic pain associated with your back pain.
This procedure is based using simple injection, which sends a specific frequency to the pain nerve fibers, which alleviates the pain and restores function to the joint. It is especially effective when used in conjunction with other therapies like PRP.
Epidural and peridural injection for spine protrusion is highly preferred with RF ablation. Our committed team of doctors will always explain all options available. Although everyone responds differently, improvement is starts from 24 – 48hrs and continues with most patients feeling the greatest relief 8 to 12 weeks after the first injection in their course of treatment.
Minimally invasive therapies
If the condition presents itself with complications, our expert orthopedic surgeon might advise any of these:
Therapeutic Magnetic Resonance technology has focused action on treating inflammation, pain reduction and wound healing across orthopedic injuries of spine and vertebrae. Especially for low back pain in spine or protrusion of disc with no hernia, TMR is the preferred option.
How long does the procedure take?
With advancement in technology, minimally invasive procedures have the benefit of less time under anesthesia, reduced pain, a shorter hospital stay, minimal recovery time and fewer complications.
This will be followed by rehabilitation therapies and assisted procedures, which will minimize the time to resume daily schedules and also help in getting back to normal work routines at the earliest.
The end goal of surgery is to deliver relief while maintaining or improving your range of motion, stability and strength. The majority of today’s orthopedic surgeries can be performed in an outpatient setting, which means you can go home the same day.
Medstar’s team of orthopedic surgeons is committed to taking the least invasive approach to surgery whenever possible.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, book your appointment today with experienced orthopedic surgeons at Medstar Dubai. It is our endeavor to support you with our commitment of best in class service, cutting edge technology and complete assistance during recovery.