If you suffer from any type of lower back pain, you're not alone. Four out of five adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their life, according to national statistics.
In most cases, people experience pain that is a result of a pulled or strained muscle. This type of pain typically resolves itself within a month or six weeks of the injury. In some cases, physical therapy might be needed and an anti-inflammatory medication can help. With a little bit of awareness, some improved ergonomics in the workplace, stronger abdominal muscles and less weight around the middle, we can strengthen our backs and prevent persistent problems. Learn more about preventing back pain in our health tips.
Persistent back pain lasting over six weeks can be due to a more serious condition and can be accompanied by leg pain and, sometimes, even weakness. Persistent back problems often require surgery.
Persistent back and leg pain can be caused by many different problems in the spine, but the most common causes include lumbar disc herniation, degenerative disc disease and spinal instability such as spondylolisthesis. In older patients, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis and other degenerative conditions are more common.
Whether you are a weekend warrior or you sit at a computer all day, there is a considerable amount of wear and tear that occurs on the back and spine. Most people are able to successfully treat their back problems with non-operative options. Very few people need to go on to surgery. For those people who do, back surgery is not what it used to be. Many new techniques such as minimally invasive and motion preserving procedures have been developed and are being used successfully with faster recovery time and less postoperative pain.
Edward's team of specially trained neurosurgical nurses and highly trained independent surgeons perform the following innovative neurological and spinal procedures:
- Advanced spinal fusion using low profile plating systems for anterior cervical surgery
- Innovative spine technology (depending on the patient's specific design needs for posterior fusion) including scoliosis correction. Depending on the diagnosis, Edward also offers same day microdiskectomies which enable the patient to leave the same day and recover at home.