by Dr. Michael Baranov, PT, July 10, 2015
Who Do You Think You Should See First?
When it comes to having back pain, there are a few signs you should watch for to know when to find a back specialist in Ditmas Park. Some of these signs include the following:
- Back pain from sitting too long.
- Back pain from standing in one spot too long.
- Back pain from walking too much or too long.
- Back pain from bending over just for a short amount of time.
Common Sense Can Cost You
Pain in the lower back can be severe and debilitating. If you have repeated episodes of back pain, you might think that this is a sign that something else is wrong. Common sense would suggest that you need to get an MRI done on your back for the doctor to determine what could be the cause and how to treat the pain. The problem is that common sense fails here because MRIs don’t show doctors the cause of the pain most of the time. In fact, 95% of all back pain is non-specific and requires nothing more than simple management of the problem. To prove this point, consider this published in the American Society of Neuroradiology Journal:
- The prevalence of disk degeneration in asymptomatic individuals increased from 37% of 20-year-old individuals to 96% of 80-year-old individuals.
- Disk bulge prevalence increased from 30% of those 20 years of age to 84% of those 80 years of age.
- Disk protrusion prevalence increased from 29% of those 20 years of age to 43% of those 80 years of age.
- The prevalence of annular fissure increased from 19% of those 20 years of age to 29% of those 80 years of age.
CONCLUSIONS: Imaging findings of spine degeneration are present in high proportions of asymptomatic individuals, increasing with age.
Many imaging-based degenerative features are likely part of normal aging and unassociated with pain. These imaging findings must be
interpreted in the context of the patient’s clinical condition. Reference: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25430861
Before you see an aggressive back specialist in Ditmas Park (e.g. a surgeon), consider seeing a conservative care specialists… a physical therapist. Physical therapy can really help treat your back pain and can reduce it tremendously.
When you see a physical therapist at MBF Rehab, we will educate you on your movement dysfunctions, provide specific treatment for them, help you cope with the pain and often we provide you with a custom back exercise program. If you keep doing them even after your physical therapy is over, your pain is likely to resolve and you have a better chance preventing the problem in the future.
There is never a good reason to suffer from back pain. If you are experiencing it for any reason, you should see a physical therapist immediately so he or she can recommend conservative, drug-free care.
If you are having any type of back pain, contact us to find out what you can do to ease the pain with a personalized physical therapy program we can teach you to help ease the pain and/or get rid of it altogether.