Back Pain and Back Support
Back pain affects eight out of ten people at some point in their lives, and low-back pain is the leading cause of job-related disability, as well as a leading contributor to missed work. These statistics indicate why back pain and back support are critical to the health and well-being of many people.
In most cases, back pain is a symptom of a medical condition, and there are many reasons why a person may suffer from back pain. One of the most common reasons for back pain are mechanical conditions, or the way a spine moves. Often this type of pain is caused by disc degeneration, which means that the discs between vertebrae are breaking down, normally a sign of aging. The facet joints in the spine can also wear down, causing back pain. Spinal injuries, such as sprains or fractures, can also cause back pain, and they can occur from twisting or lifting improperly. Many times, back pain and back support are closely related, as the pain stems from lack of support, or poor posture, causing excess strain on the back.
Back Pain Treatments and Back Support
There are many treatments available for back pain, including rest, over-the counter or prescription pain medication, and physical therapy. In addition, back pain may be treated with special back support devices. In some instances, however, surgical treatment may be necessary to successfully treat chronic back pain, depending on what is causing the pain.
Often, patients choose back surgery after all other treatments have not provided relief. However, back surgery often relieves back pain, which increases activity levels, reduces the need for medications, increases productivity and promotes physical fitness. There are several types of back surgery, including:
- Spinal fusion – The surgeon joins vertebrae, restricting motion between bones, as well as limiting the stretching of nerves.
- Laminectomy – Surgeon removes parts of the bone, bone spurs or ligaments in the back which relieves pressure on spinal nerves.
- Foraminotomy – Bones at the side of the vertebrae are cut away to widen area where nerve roots exit the spine.
- Disectomy – When someone suffers from a bulging or slipped disc, spinal nerves may become compressed, requiring the surgeon to remove all or part of the disc. Often, disc replacement is performed at the same time.
Eminent Spine offers many products designed for use in back surgery, including the King Cobra Cervical Plate and the Copperhead Cervical Cage. For more information on products available from Eminent Spine, visit us online.