Back pain is something that affects most people at some point in their lifetime. The cause is not always clarified through current medical evaluation and imaging. Often times it is more complex than simply slipping a disc or pinching a nerve. Therefore the treatment must reflect the person's specific deficits that lead to the injury in the first place. This is why many times surgical intervention may relieve pain only initially.
It can be scary and downright unbearable to have debilitating pain in the back or radiating pain into the legs. Most people will assume the best course is to have a MRI performed ASAP. Current research shows this is not a reliable medium to determine what is actually causing the pain. MRI findings only give us a rap sheet of what could POTENTIALLY be causing the problem. Most folks over 30 will show signs of spinal degeneration. Many will have no symptoms. This disconnect leads many people to have spinal surgery and procedures based on a weak assumption.
This is a unfortunate situation and is entirely avoidable by seeking proper conservative treatment and someone that will take the time to address a person's specific deficits. If you or a loved one is experiencing back pain that is interfering with daily activity, give us a call to discuss what treatment might look like for your condition.