Q. How common are back and neck pains?
Very ordinary! !! !! Back pain and neck pain affect 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives. This is one of the biggest reasons to see a doctor around the world and is probably the most common cause of work-related disabilities. It becomes chronic (long-lasting) in about 10 percent and causes severe pain, depression, and disability.
Q. Is it possible to prevent back pain?
Yes, if efforts are made. The main cause of back pain is stress on poor muscles to handle the load.
The natural process of aging cannot be undone, but measures can be taken to maintain backfitting. Prevention is more important than treatment.
Q. Can I get rid of my pain if I don’t do heavy work? You may still get it.
Back pain is not always related to hard work. Many people tend to sit down and complain of back pain.
Modern lifestyles make us prone to back pain.
Q. Does exercise help?
Guided exercises are certainly helpful. Strong muscles support the spine and allow it to handle larger loads. Muscles with weak deconditioning weaken the work of the back and transfer load to the vertebrae and intervertebral discs. Structural weakness of the spine due to aging, wear and laceration puts great stress on the muscular tissue of the spine.
Certain guided exercises to strengthen these muscles treat fatigue and avoid back pain.
Q. What kind of exercise should I do?
Talk to your doctor and listen to your body. Aerobic and / or weight training programs are good. Exercise bikes, walking and swimming at least three times a week keep your back in good condition. Exercise should be tailored to all individual conditions and physical requirements.
Weight-supporting exercise helps prevent osteoporosis, a disease in which bones lose strength and become soft. Osteoporotic cartilage can fracture and collapse.
Q. Can obesity cause back pain?
Overweight people suffer in one or more ways. The extra weight puts a lot of stress on your back muscles and makes your back muscles work harder.
The most effective weight loss programs include exercise and a balanced and nutritious diet. Increase the portion of vegetables, fresh fruits, complex carbohydrates (rice / pasta) and reduce the portion of fatty foods and sweets. We also recommend visiting a nutritionist.
Some exercise can exacerbate severe back pain. Exercise planning should not begin during episodes of acute sharp back pain.
Exercise should be started after seeing a doctor or after the back pain has subsided.
Q. Does posture have any role?
Posture plays an important role !!!
Optimal posture includes balance and alignment. Avoid placing heavy objects on one shoulder. If possible, your weight should be evenly balanced on your shoulders.
Standing with your feet slightly apart as naturally as possible will reduce the stress on your lower back. When standing for long periods of time, you should use the footrests to lift one leg with your knees relaxed.
Q. How do you sit at work?
Optimal-for a short period of time. If you’re sitting for a long time, it’s useful to get up every hour and walk around a bit. Sitting in front of a computer monitor should be at a comfortable height so that you do not repeatedly tilt your head back and forth to see the screen.
Support your lower back with a rolled towel or a small pillow. The limbs should be placed on the feet / armrests that share the weight of the body. The desk / table should be placed near the torso so that you do not reach out and strain your muscles.
Q. Does using the phone for a long time hurt my neck and back?
Absolutely-Yes, that’s right! Holding the handset between your neck and shoulders can make your neck awkward and can lead to severe neck and back pain.
Long-term use of smartphones for text messages and games as well as hurt thumbs, wrists, elbows and eyes.
It is recommended to limit the use of smartphones, use hands-free devices and maintain posture.
Q. How can I lift the weight?
Reduce the weight you lift and bring it closer to your body. Many back injuries are caused by improper lifting of heavy objects or excessive strain on the discs and muscles. It is recommended to keep your back upright (vertical) and straight (not hunting).
It is safest to ride under or to the side of an object than to ride on it with your hips and knees bent. When you crouch down with your abdominal muscles contracted, your back will be straight when you lift it. Using your leg muscles to withstand the load is a better option than putting a strain on your back.
Holding the object as close as you lift or carry it will reduce the lumbar sprain. Moving your legs while lifting, rather than twisting your body, reduces the twisting load on your back.
Q: Do I need a long rest to recover from back pain?
Very rarely, you will need a long rest. For a simple lumbar sprain, rest should not exceed a few days. The goal is early mobilization and early rehabilitation (return to work) within the limits of pain. Prolonged lying down can have detrimental consequences unless there is a very clear reason (illness) to stay at rest.
Q: What is a “Slipped Disc”?
The rear shock absorber will shift. While standing, gravity pushes the disc down, causing the disc to lose a small amount of water. When lying down, the water is reabsorbed without the force of gravity pressing against the disc.
The disc loses its ability to absorb water and becomes less flexible over time. Small stresses and strains create small crevices in the outer casing of the disc. These crevices heal in scar tissue, which is weaker and less flexible than the original tissue.
When a large crevice occurs, a soft gel in the disc will come out. This is often referred to as a “disc hernia”.
Q: My back pain radiates through my legs, do I need to worry?
Yes-Talk to a spine specialist. Low back pain that radiates to one leg or both can be neurological (nerve-related) pain. Sciatica / lameness.
These cases need to be scrutinized by a trained spine specialist to anticipate and prevent an imminent catastrophe. Early diagnosis and proper management are important steps for good results.
Even in these cases, most Patient does not require surgery or treatment Then guided rehabilitation can help.
However, early diagnosis can prevent adverse events such as paralysis and nerve weakness from straining the muscles.
Q: Do I need to see a doctor every time I have a backache?
Only for continuous or repetitive cases. Pain is often relieved with conservative treatment. 70% in 2 weeks and 90% in 6 weeks.
However, pain may recur in 7 of 10 cases. Some causes of unresolved or recurrent back pain are serious and can cause permanent damage if left untreated.
Q: If I visit a spine surgeon, will I have surgery?
No – you will certainly get a balanced opinion. Over 90% of cases of low back pain can be treated with appropriate lifestyle changes, dietary changes, and exercise.
Visiting a spine surgeon does not mean that you will have surgery. There are step-by-step treatments that a person needs to follow before you are advised to have surgery.
Few people will need a therapeutic spinal injection. Fewer people will need surgery. A well-trained spine surgeon will suggest the best treatment options that will benefit you.
Q: Can back and neck surgery cause paralysis?
Rarely! Advanced spine surgery on the hands of specialists is very safe. The latest tools and technologies for “safe spine surgery” act like seat belts and airbags that protect against collateral damage. The risk of complete paralysis after spinal surgery is extremely rare.
Q: Is spinal surgery really safe?
“Today is safer than ever.” Today, technological advances and dedicated spine surgeons have made spinal surgery safer.
Minimally invasive surgery using microscopes, endoscopes, nerve monitoring, and specialized instruments has dramatically changed the perspective of spinal surgery.
Spine surgery is safe and standardized and suitable for all spinal affections that do not respond to non-surgical treatments.
Q: When should I see a “spine specialist”?
In a red flag situation !!! If you have neck or back pain, you should meet a spine specialist in a red flag situation.
- After being injured, no matter how trivial.
- Starts suddenly, worsens rapidly, and / or is associated with fever or chills
- Related to radiating pain and tingling numbness in the arms and legs
- Leads to weakness or paralysis of limbs, or loss of urinary / motor control
- Not responding to medication or rest
- More often at rest or at night, associated with weight loss
- Comes at a very young or very old age
The content of this pamphlet is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
If you have any questions about your medical condition, be sure to consult a qualified doctor. Do not ignore or delay your search for professional medical advice because of what you have read in this pamphlet.