The human body relies on the spine for nearly every movement and motion. The spinal column itself provides support and structure for the body while protecting the major nerve bundle contained within. Unfortunately, the spine is extremely vulnerable to injury and degenerative conditions that result in back pain.
More than 80 percent of adults will suffer from back pain at some point during their lives. Spinal problems frequently result from poor occupational posture, obesity, nerve damage, congenital disorders and diseases. For many patients, however, back pain and spinal problems arise from injury or trauma.
In Utah, the world-class orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists of the Center of Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Excellence provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for a variety of injuries and diseases of the spine.
Spine Damage and Back Pain
Spinal damage and the resulting back pain can result from mechanical problems such as compression, muscle spasms and degenerated or ruptured discs. Back sprains, strains and fractures frequently occur following sports injuries, accidents and falls. Diseases and chronic conditions related to back pain include arthritis, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis and sciatica.
To prevent back pain, patients are encouraged to maintain muscle strength through regular exercise. Maintaining a healthy weight is also recommended, as is ensuring an adequate supply of vitamin D and calcium in the diet. Good posture is important, as is using proper workout and lifting techniques to minimize stress on the spine.
When spinal pain does occur, early diagnosis and treatment can relieve the pain and prevent further damage to the spine.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Spine and Back Pain
Symptoms of spine damage range from numbness and tingling to severe pain that does not improve with rest. Pain may be acute or chronic, depending on the cause and severity of the problem.
Diagnosing trauma and disorders of the spine requires a medical history and examination as well as diagnostic tests. The doctor may request X-rays, blood tests, MRIs or CT scans.
Conservative, noninvasive treatment is the preferred first approach. Rest, behavioral modifications, hot or cold packs and anti-inflammatory medications may be recommended by the doctor. Other nonsurgical treatments include physical therapy, joint injections, epidural injections and radiofrequency ablation.
When conventional treatment fails to resolve the problem, spine surgery can provide relief from back pain and restore mobility.
Some spine conditions may require surgical treatment. Herniated discs, fractures, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis all respond well to spine surgery.
Spinal fusion is a highly effective approach for treating spinal stenosis, scoliosis, arthritis, herniated discs and degenerative disc disease. Artificial disc replacement surgery provides relief from pain and restores mobility while reducing recovery time.
The Center of Orthopedic & Rehabilitation Excellence is home to many of Utah’s finest sports medicine practitioners and orthopedic surgeons. Our doctors specialize in non-invasive treatment and surgical intervention. Our state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment facilities are designed to provide leading-edge treatment in a comfortable, patient-centered environment. Contact us today to schedule your consultation for spine pain.