Back pain is the most common complaint that people have when they see the doctor today. Around 80 percent of United States residents experience back pain at some point in their lives. Due to the fact that back pain is so common, many people don't get the treatment they need, assuming that the pain might resolve on its own. This can become a problem, as back pain can worsen over time and may even become debilitating if it's not addressed.
There are a number of different possible causes of back pain. At times it can be very clear why the back pain happens, for example in the case of an accident. In other situations, it may not be immediately apparent why the back pain develops. Some of the common reasons that people experience back pain today include degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and other conditions such as scoliosis. Sometimes overweight and obese people experience chronic back pain due to the stress the weight may have on the body's cervical facet joints, for example the hips and legs.
Oftentimes, surgical procedures may be needed to address your back pain but Dr. Henry attempts a non-surgical approach first. While medication, rest, and other non-surgical measures can help relieve back pain for the short term, people who deal with chronic back pain may need surgery. There are many different surgical options for the relief of back pain, and the specific surgery depends on the patient's issues. People who suffer from herniated or otherwise damaged discs can have microdiscectomy which is a lumbar decompression surgery. People who suffer from vertebrae problems can have a spinal instability surgery or lumbar fusion surgery which helps stabilize the vertebral area where the degenerated disc is found. There are also many other spinal surgeries that can help alleviate a person's back pain. Each case is unique, and Dr. Henry will customize a treatment plan for every patient.
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