Many people view back pain as something they need to live with. Either they accept it as part of aging and grit their teeth and endure, or dismiss it as a muscle sprain and let it take its course.
But regardless of the cause, long-term back pain shouldn’t be considered normal, says Dr. Zbiggy Brodzinski, an orthopedic consultant and spine surgeon at the newly opened Spine Center at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai. “If left untreated, it can turn into something serious or even chronic, affecting the brain and the way the pain receptors work.”
One more reason not to ignore the symptoms and follow closely: whether it’s a dull or stabbing pain, radiating down the arm or leg, or if it subsides with rest or gets worse with movement.
Pain and tingling are the most common symptoms of spinal disorders. Severe symptoms include numbness and weakness, which could be signs of a more serious underlying spine problem.
“When someone comes to us with a single or a variety of symptoms, it is important for us to identify the source in order to come up with a comprehensive and evidence-based treatment plan,” says Dr. Sebouh Kassis, neurospine surgeon specialist at the Al Zahra Spine Center. “The diagnostic technology we use is extremely important in identifying the pain generator. As spine surgeons we try to treat the cause of the pain not just the pain itself. “
“We tend to see many people who come in with severe back pain due to herniated discs in the spine,” explains Dr. Kassis. “The compression on the nerves usually radiates pain, numbness, or a tingling sensation through the arms or legs depending on the position of the disc.”
Herniated discs, or slipped discs, usually occur in the lower back (lumbar) or upper back (cervical), but rarely in the mid-back (thoracic).
Another spinal problem found quite frequently is disc degeneration, in which the vertebrae lose water or elasticity, affecting people’s ability to perform certain types of movement causing discomfort and pain.
“Other common conditions include spinal stenosis caused by narrowing of the spinal canal, spinal deformities due to aging, spinal micro trauma from sports injuries, which we see quite often, or fractures due to osteoporosis,” adds Dr. Kassis. “
For injuries caused by sports or conditions such as osteoporosis, the pain is much more acute (more acute) than others leading to chronic (long-term or permanent) pain.
Dr Brodzinski says a combination of genetics and poor lifestyle contributes to spinal disorders, aided to some extent by aging and sports injuries. “However, about 70% of the causes can be attributed to a sedentary lifestyle, which could be prevented by leading an active life.”
About 70% of the causes can be attributed to a sedentary lifestyle, which could be prevented by leading an active life.
– Dr Zbiggy Brodzinski, Consultant Orthopedic and Spine Surgeon at Al Zahra Spine Center
And if you suspect spinal disorders are behind your back pain, then you need to hire specialists to get back to normal as soon as possible.
An integrated treatment strategy
Experts at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai have an integrated strategy for dealing with spinal disorders, which includes detailed diagnosis, less invasive treatments that offer maximum benefits, and structured rehabilitation plans.
“At the Zahra Spine Center we always look from the least invasive to the most invasive form that offer the greatest benefits for our patients,” says Dr. Kassis. “We are equipped with the latest international treatments, both invasive and non-invasive, which allow us to offer our patients the best options and chances of recovery.”
We are equipped with the latest international treatments, both invasive and non-invasive, which allow us to offer our patients the options and the best chances of recovery.
– Dr Sebouh Kassis, Neurospine Surgeon Specialist at Al Zahra Spine Center
From non-invasive treatments such as physical therapy, medications, exercise and cryotherapy to less invasive but advanced pain management procedures such as spinal injections (nerve block and epidural) and neuromodulation are available at the Al Zahra Spine Center, along with non-invasive procedures. ‘cutting-edge surgical techniques such as regenerative biological treatments including stem cells and platelet-rich plasma.
In cases that require surgery, Al Zahra Spine Center uses minimally invasive procedures that result in less trauma but offer the greatest benefits.
“We use some of the latest world-class surgical procedures, which include incisions through the skin and muscles without injuring the muscle, such as tubular retractors,” explains Dr. Brodzinski. “Even the most invasive spinal surgical procedures are now being performed through minimally or least invasive techniques, giving people the best results with the least downtime.”
Using the latest diagnostic technology, such as 3 Tesla MRI which delivers superior quality images in half the normal time, Al Zahra Spine Center works closely with other specialties to ensure 360 degree care delivery and provide patients the right tools for the best results. After surgery, physiotherapy and rehabilitation teams step into action to carry out long-term goal-based plans and get patients back to normal life as quickly as possible.
But the road to recovery is paved with teamwork and shared responsibility, experts say, where patients along with doctors must engage in the process to achieve desired results.
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