Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler’s educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
The fact is, statistics show that most acute LBP begins to improve after 2 to 5 days and typically resolves itself in less than 1 month with non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and (tolerable) activities.
According to a study published in the journal Anesthesiology, a new high-frequency form of spinal cord stimulation therapy has the capacity to deliver more effective pain relief without any unwanted side effects.
Workers who experience acute low back pain as a result of a work injury may be asked by their employers to have x-rays. As in other cases, testing is not indicated unless red flags are present. An employer’s concern about legal liability is not a medical indication and should be used to justify medical testing when it is not indicated. There should be no legal reason for encouraging people to have tests which a health care provider determines are not indicated.
It is also possible for low back pain to develop with no definitive cause. When this happens, the primary focus is on treating the symptoms (rather than the cause of the symptoms) and the patient’s overall health.
^ Deshpande A, Furlan AD, Mailis-Gagnon A, Atlas S, Turk D (2007). Opioids for chronic low-back pain. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (3): CD004959. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD004959.pub3. PMID 17636781.
Accessorize your bedding or favorite piece of furniture with our Sahara Lumbar Pillow With Tassels in mineral. The piping of the p…illow’s edge and its printed fabric allows the pillow to stand out among a group of solid-hued cushions. The dotted print… read more
^ a b Choi BK, Verbeek JH, Tam WW, Jiang JY (2010). Choi, Brian KL, ed. Exercises for prevention of recurrences of low-back pain. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (1): CD006555. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD006555.pub2. PMID 20091596.
Remember, though, that just because you exercise regularly doesn’t mean that you can justify your long hours spent sitting. In fact, even if you’re fairly physically active, you may still succumb to back pain and other health problems if you spend most of your day behind a desk or on the couch. This phenomenon is called the active couch potato effect. In order to avoid this, you must make it a habit to break the pattern of sitting as frequently as possible. Dr. Goodman says:
I have been using the Ergo21™ LiquiCell Original Seat Cushion for several weeks at my desk chair and can confirm that it is very comfortable. I have less fatigue and don’t have to shift my weight to find a comfortable seated position. I recommend it to anybody who has to sit for long periods of time.
It also carries similar risks as fusion surgery. Ramin points to Steve Kerr, coach of the Golden State Warriors NBA team, who underwent decompression surgery two years ago: it apparently led to a spinal fluid leak, which caused debilitating headaches and nausea.
Biofeedback is used to treat many acute pain problems, most notably back pain and headache. The therapy involves the attachment of electrodes to the skin and the use of an electromyography machine that allows people to become aware of and selfregulate their breathing, muscle tension, heart rate, and skin temperature. People regulate their response to pain by using relaxation techniques. Biofeedback is often used in combination with other treatment methods, generally without side effects. Evidence is lacking that biofeedback provides a clear benefit for low back pain.