Treatments for spinal problems
Lumbago, namely the pain in the back (lumbus), or the pain that is extended to the leg (sciatica) is now very common and occurs in all ages from the age of 15. It is believed that 95% of people have had, have or will have pain in the back. There are many reasons that cause this condition, and the most common ones are discopathy and arthritis. A careful clinical examination can determine the cause while the radiographic testing confirms the clinical diagnosis.
The treatment is divided into 3 stages:
- Medication: with anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Local injection of drugs: If the pain is persistent, injections are made at the aching area (inflammation) of local anesthetics and anti-inflammatory medications with a specific technique and highlighted with local action. This is the best possible it can be done, without danger, since it brings great results as soon as possible, without any side effect. Naturally, it is applied by the orthopedic Surgeon, who is a connoisseur of the anatomy of the area due to his/her surgical experience. At least two local injections are administered with a space of 1 week between them. They may be repeated in the future, if necessary, without any problem. Their success rate exceeds 95% of cases. The 5% of the patients, who did not visit a doctor on time, remain in the same condition without getting any worse. If the pain insists and having passed the second stage, particularly when some precious time was lost while waiting, then and only then the patient should be operated, in compliance with the rules of surgical treatment. The basic principle after the infusion is the diminution of the activity of the patient, until the repetition of the medical procedure. The prolongation of pain from the beginning of the disease for more than a week, creates permanent damages to the spine, therefore an effective and quick treatment should begin as soon as possible.
- Maintenance: the frequency of the lower back pain crises depends to a large extent on the patient. The weight loss and the daily exercise of the abdominal – dorsal muscles reduce the intensity and the frequency of them.
This treatment can be initiated just with the clinical examination of the patient, by the Orthopedic Surgeon. A CT-scan or an MRI is recommended, though they are not considered to be necessary at this stage