Lower Back Pain is one of the most common health complaints among adults in the United States it has a profound impact both directly and indirectly on individual and their families, industries and governments. According to a study published on The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Direct healthcare expenditure for lower back pain has been reported to range from $50 to $90.7 billion yearly in the United States alone. Total costs of direct medical expenditures and loss of work productivity combined related to lower back pain have been estimated to be as high as $635 billion annually in the United States. More than 28 percent of all adults in the United States are affected by lower back pain.
Causes and Risk Factors
Pain in the lower back can be the result of conditions affecting the bony lumbar spine, intervertebral discs that are discs between the vertebrae, ligaments around the spine and discs, spinal cord and nerves, muscles of the lower back, internal organs of the pelvis and abdomen, and the skin covering the lumbar area. Common causes of lower back pain include Age, Lumbar strain, Bony encroachment, Nerve irritation, Lumbar radiculopathy, Excess weight/obesity, Presence of certain conditions such as diabetes, gout psoriasis, tuberculosis, irritable bowel syndrome and Lyme disease, conditions of the bone and joints, infection of the cartilage and/or bone of the spine.
Risk factors for lower back pain include affecting activity of day to day life which includes athletic activity, heavy lifting, throwing, moving, traumatic injury, kidney infection, osteoporosis, and aging.
Here at Spine MD Dr Anil Kesani the world renowned spine specialist, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery certified orthopedic surgeon and also trained in combined orthopedic and neurosurgery spine fellowship has a very effective approach in diagnosing of lower back pain which involves a review of the history of the illness and underlying medical conditions as well as a physical examination. It is essential that a complete story of the back pain be reviewed including injury history, aggravating and alleviating conditions, associated pain symptoms like fever, numbness, tingling, incontinence, etc., as well as the duration and progression of symptoms. Aside from routine abdomen and extremity evaluations, rectal and pelvic examinations may eventually be required as well. Further tests for diagnosis of lower back pain can be required including blood and urine tests, plain film X-ray tests, cat scanning, MRI scanning, bone scanning, and tests of the nerves such as electromyograms (EMG) and nerve conduction velocities(NCV).
Take charge of your life!
Don’t let pain ruin your life. Take charge of your life. Pain your Back Pain by making an appointment with Dr Anil Kesani at (817) 893-6001 the world renowned award winning spine specialist, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery certified orthopedic surgeon and also trained in combined orthopedic and neurosurgery spine fellowship whose Surgical and Nonsurgical Treatments have worked wonders for patients in not only reducing and curing back pain but living a healthy life. This is the easiest and fastest way of getting rid of those nagging back pain.