Six com­mon mis­takes to avoid

Down to Earth - - HEALTH - Source: http://www.spinecarein­dia.in

1 IG­NOR­ING PAIN

Pay at­ten­tion to the pain and go to spine spe­cial­ist to get a di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment plan

2 RE­LY­ING ON PHYSI­CIANS

Pri­mary care physi­cians and gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers don't have in-depth train­ing in spine medicine. If back pain is se­vere and lasts for more than a cou­ple of weeks, go to a spine spe­cial­ist

3 SURGERY "QUICK FIX"

Surgery should be the last op­tion to treat back pain. With a few ex­cep­tions, it is rec­om­mended to try non-sur­gi­cal treat­ment for at least four to six weeks be­fore con­sid­er­ing surgery. While surgery can fix a spe­cific anatom­i­cal prob­lem, such as a disc press­ing on a nerve, the only way to com­pletely heal is through a sus­tained ex­er­cise and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme

4 POST­PON­ING BACK SURGERY

On the con­trary, for cer­tain con­di­tions pa­tients tend to do bet­ter if they have a surgery. For ex­am­ple, when there is arm or leg pain and weak­ness be­cause a nerve root is pinched, it is of­ten best to take pres­sure off the nerve root through surgery sooner to avoid de­vel­op­ing nerve prob­lems

5 FO­CUS­ING ON MRI RE­SULTS

Don't fo­cus too much on just MRI re­sults, you need full clin­i­cal di­ag­no­sis

6 BED REST ISN'T THE BEST

Pro­longed lack of ac­tiv­ity will lead to wast­ing of mus­cles and more pain. The ab­dom­i­nal and back mus­cles don't get much ex­er­cise from ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties and need spe­cific ex­er­cises

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