Dr. Ramesh Sahjpaul, MD, MSc, FRCSC, Neurosurgeon, discusses what back pain is and how it is typically treated.
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Featuring Dr. Ramesh Sahjpaul, MD, MSc, FRCSC, Neurosurgeon
Duration: 1 minute, 14 seconds
Well, back pain is a very common problem, and in fact, approximately nine out of ten people will at some point in their life experience an episode of back pain, and it’s one of the most common reasons that patients visit their family physician.
The good news is that most causes of back pain are fairly self-limited and benign and do not represent a more serious underlying problem. Causes of back pain include muscle spasm, muscle tension; sometimes back pain can occur because of inflammation of the joints in the back - the facet joints.
So these are generally called soft tissue causes of back pain, and again they’re very common and they’re usually self-limited. There is a misconception that back pain is treated surgically when in fact that’s actually not the case.
Very simple treatments such as rest, anti-inflammatory medications, physiotherapy, hot and cold packs, acupuncture, sometimes traction, these can be very effective and are usually almost always effective in relieving the back pain. It may take weeks or a few months, but again these are the typical and most effective treatments for most cases of back pain.
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