Effective Home Remedy to Cure Lower Back Pain
Patients complain of discomfort across the lower back, usually in an L3-S1 distribution with associated buttock and lateral back pain. The pain may radiate into the legs and be associated with non-specific paresthesiae. The relationship with exercise, rest and posture is varied. Some will complain that any movement is painful and they may, in extreme cases, take to a wheelchair, whilst, at the other end of the spectrum, continual gentle movement is reported as beneficial, leading to a lifetime of fidgeting and moving to get comfortable . There is usually a long history of analgesic use, partially effective at best. Most patients will have undergone outpatient physiotherapy and many will have attended alternative practitioners (chiropractic, osteopathy, acupuncture, etc.). Treatments will frequently be described as effective, but only in the short term, or becoming less effective over the years.
Whether there is a true facet joint syndrome is unclear. It does, however, figure as a common diagnostic entity amongst medical practitioners, physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors. Patients complain of low back pain, which may be referred to the thigh. There is usually increased pain with lumbar hyperextension and lateral flexion and there may be tenderness over the joints themselves, with limited straight-leg raising. Pain may be referred to the leg but not usually below the knee. Radiological investigations are not particularly helpful, degenerative change being common in the population as a whole and not necessarily related to pain.
16.1.1 Epidemiology of Back Pain 484 16.2 Back Pain Classification 486 16.3 Work-up for Acute Back Pain 487 16.3.5 Management of Acute Back Pain 489 22.214.171.124 Interventions for Acute Back Pain 490 126.96.36.199 Predicting Which Will Have Low Back Pain (Healthy Subjects) 494 16.4.2 Discogenic Back Pain 496 188.8.131.52 Introduction 496 16.5 Chronic Back Pain 501
Patients with significant prolapse will typically complain of pelvic pressure or low back pain that worsens with prolonged standing. If the prolapse is exteriorized, they will often note a vaginal mass or bulge. Patients with prolapse involving the posterior vaginal wall often describe the need to digitally splint their vagina or manually extract stool in order to evacuate the rectum.
Is there evidence of neurologic disability Back pain in children, as opposed to adults, is more likely to have a serious organic cause. Although adult-type low back pain is now recognized in children, a careful evaluation for structural or organic causes is warranted in children. Of utmost importance is a history and physical exam directed toward any potential evidence of spinal cord involvement, which would mandate urgent radiologic and neurosurgical involvement.
Bacterial osteomyelitis, rarely including tuberculosis diskitis, either infectious or noninfectious epidural abscess or psoas abscess, which may present with limp and back pain. H. Conversion or Psychogenic Disorders. Less common in children, but gait disturbance, headache, abdominal pain, and fatigue may accompany back pain in patients with these disorders.
The 6-year-old girl had low back pain for several months that became acutely worse after she underwent chiropractic manipulation. Later that night, she refused to walk. Examination revealed markedly decreased deep tendon reflexes and sensation in the legs. Plain films were normal, but CT scan revealed a hemor-rhagic, cystic lesion in the upper lumbar spine that was later confirmed to be an aneurysmal bone cyst. Neurosurgical intervention led to slow but complete return of neurologic function.
Patients with spondylolytic spondylolisthesis may complain of back pain and radicular pain, especially when there is a high degree of slippage. The radicular pain may be caused by nerve root stretching or nerve root compression secondary to reduction of foraminal height or horizontal deformation of the neural foramen or due to exuberant bony callus that forms around the isthmic defect. Physical examination may detect shortened hamstrings, increased lumbar lordosis, and radicular findings when a nerve root is compromised.
Initially patients present with mechanical low back pain predominantly during standing and walking. As the degenerative processes progress, radicular symptoms may develop. With time, neu-rogenic claudication becomes debilitating. Patients are prevented from functional walking due to severe discomfort and pain in both lower extremities. The latter condition appears to be due to lumbar stenosis that is formed when degenerative changes involving the facets, vertebral body, and ligaments occur and is aggravated by the vertebral slip (Figure 5-9).
Epidural injection can provide a diagnostic as well as a therapeutic effect. Back pain and radicular symptoms can have numerous etiologies, and imaging findings of disc bulge or herni-ation may not correspond to the findings on clinical examination. To help localize the source of pain, selective injections have been used. Using a trans-foraminal approach corresponding to an imaging finding or clinically suspected level of pathology, injection of medication can define the pain generator. Anesthetic is the primary medication used for this purpose if the patient's symptoms improve after the procedure for the duration of the effect of the anesthetic, it can be inferred that the site of pathology is at the level injected. Pain is often evoked during the placement of the needle within the neural foramen if the pain corresponds to the site of the patient's typical pain, this is also useful information, but is thought to be less diagnostically important than symptom reduction after the...
During 1992-1993 in several states in the United States.81 This study was conducted at a time when the benefit of these medications was widely recognized. Patients for whom there existed a possible contraindication to these medications were excluded from the study. At the time of hospital discharge, 77 of patients received aspirin and 45 of patients received beta blockers.82 Schein showed that the selection of the type of procedure utilized by ophthalmologists for cataract excision varied with their surgical volume and with the number of years in practice.83 Carey studied the use of radiographs in the evaluation of patients with low back pain. He found that chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons in private practice were more likely than those employed by a large institution to order radiographs.84 Wennberg reported marked differences in the use of coronary angiography and revascularization in different regions of New England. He demonstrated that the number of stress tests performed in...
The sacroiliac (SI) joint can be a primary source of low back pain. More often, it is a secondary site or part of a multifactorial syndrome from dysfunction elsewhere in the spine. SI joint injections provide diagnostic information and potential therapy in certain circumstances.
Smallpox once killed 40 percent of the people it infected, leaving survivors scarred and often blind. The smallpox virus is a DNA virus that is spread by nasal droplets from sneezing or coughing. Symptoms include fever, headache, backache, and development of a lumpy skin rash, shown in Figure 24-9. The World Health Organization (WHO) began a smallpox eradication program in 1967 through vaccination and the quarantine of sick people. The last naturally acquired smallpox case occurred in Somalia in 1977. In 1980, WHO declared that smallpox had been eradicated in nature.
Injectable iron dextran, containing 50 mg of iron per mL, is supplied in a 2-mL single-dose vial. Adverse reactions include headache, dyspnea, flushing, nausea and vomiting, fever, hypotension, seizures, urticaria, anaphylaxis and chest, abdominal or back pain. A small test dose (0.5 mL) should be given to determine whether an anaphylactic reaction will occur. If the patient tolerates the test dose, the full-dosage may then be given at a rate of 50 mg per minute, up to a total daily dosage of 100 mg.
Therapies such as acupuncture, massage, relaxation therapy, and hypnosis are widely used for symptom control by the general public. Acupuncture, for example, is widely used in the United States to treat conditions such as back pain, and massage therapy is sought to help treat for anxiety disorders. Similarly, complementary therapies are increasingly used to treat symptoms of cancer or its treatment. A description of the most important complementary therapies is given below, followed by a review of the evidence for their effects against cancer-related symptoms. On the basis of this evidence, the following principles apply to the use of complementary modalities for cancer symptoms
The majority of patients experience resolution of their symptoms regardless of the treatment method. About 70 percent of patients have a marked reduction in leg pain within four weeks of the onset of symptoms. Symptomatic treatment is recommended for patients with symptoms of herniated disc during the first six weeks of symptoms. Most patients with low back pain respond well to conservative therapy, including limited bed rest, exercise, NSAIDs and injections.
Sleep difficulties are noted in 70 to 90 per cent of patients with Parkinson's disease, (23,) and include difficulty in initiating and maintaining sleep causing sleep fragmentation, with frequent arousals and excessive daytime sleepiness. Sleep problems in Parkinson's disease arise from a combination of factors an inability to turn over at night or on awakening in the middle of the night, leg cramps and jerks, dystonic spasm of the limbs or face, back pain, excessive nocturia, difficulty in getting out of bed unaided, and re-emergence of tremor and rigidity in sleep. Sleep disruption is more common in advanced than in early Parkinson's disease.
While there is no doubt that the z-joint can contribute to low back pain, there are no unique identifying features in the history, physical examination, and imaging of these patients (36) and therefore the existence of a primary facet syndrome or zygapophyseal joint syndrome is dubious (37). Nevertheless a prospective randomized trial was performed to try and elucidate clinical characteristics that support the z-joint as a primary or significant nociceptor. Although there is no specific syndrome that discriminates between lower back pain caused by z-joint and other etiologies, there were several predictors identified. The factors of age above 65 years and pain that was not exacerbated by coughing, not worsened by hyperextension, not worsened by forward flexion, not worsened when rising from flexion, not exacerbated by extension-rotation, and relieved by recumbent positioning were found to be five clinical characteristics indicating pain related to the z-joint (38). This investigation...
There are also likely to be features that occur in the other somatoform disorders, such as failure to be reassured by appropriate assessments and explanation, excessive consultations, investigations, and unsuccessful physical treatments, and disability and dependence on others, which can be extreme. The pain can be localized, as in low back pain, or generalized, as in fibromyalgia.
Using a learning theory model, Fordyce(9) classified all pain into 'operant' and 'non-operant' pain. The former includes all pain that is modified by positive or negative reinforcement, whether or not organic pathology is present. This has led to the assessment of pain behaviours and their environmental reinforcers, and the development of pain-treatment programmes that originally focused on behavioural change by modifying reinforcement. Inappropriate beliefs of patients tend to contribute to pain behaviours, and these may be facilitated by the beliefs of carers and health professionals. Thus cognitive approaches to treatment have been integrated with behavioural management. Recently, there have been striking changes in policies concerning the management of acute pain, with increasing awareness of the importance of early mobilization, for example in the management of back pain, and this may help to prevent the development of chronic pain.
These symptoms occur in a subset of patients. In some of these cases, the surgery was undertaken in an attempt to relieve refractory symptoms that subsequently proved to be functional or medically unexplained in the first place. This often occurs with hysterectomies performed to relieve pelvic pain and in some patients who undergo surgery to relieve chronic back pain. In other cases, persistent disproportionate symptoms may be perpetuated by secondary gain of a financial or social nature, or by opiate dependence. Undiagnosed and untreated mood and anxiety disorders, and somatoform disorders, may also contribute to persistent symptoms. The consultation psychiatrist may be called upon to identify these factors and to help distinguish these factors from undetected medical surgical pathology or inadequate pain regimens.
This is an immunologically-mediated, acute demyelinating polyradiculopathy. Viral infections and immunisations are common antecedents. The syndrome includes a progressive, areflexic motor weakness (often symmetrical, ascending and involving cranial nerves including facial, bulbar and extraocular) with progression over days to weeks. There are often minor sensory disturbances (e.g. paraesthesiae). Autonomic dysfunction is not unusual. There is no increase in cell count on CSF examination but protein levels usually rise progressively ( 0.4 g l). Nerve conduction studies show slow conduction velocities with prolonged F waves. Other features include muscle tenderness and back pain. The major contributors to morbidity and mortality are respiratory muscle weakness and autonomic dysfunction (hypotension, hypertension, arrhythmias, ileus and urinary retention).
TETHERED CORD in some patients the conus medullaris lies well below its normal level (LI), 'tethered' by the filum terminale. Since vertebral growth proceeds more rapidly than growth of the spinal cord, tethering may produce progressive back pain or neurological impairment as the cord is stretched.
The symptoms of cord infarction have a sudden onset. Sharp low back pain develops and is followed, within a short period of time, by flaccid paraplegia and sphincter dysfunction. The physical examination will detect complete paraplegia with incomplete sensory deficits loss of pain and temperature sensation in the involved segments with preservation of light touch. The neurological deficits remain permanent due to irreversible cord damage.
Overall, metastatic lesions are equally spread throughout the thoracic and lumbosacral spine however, the number of symptomatic thoracic metastases is greater. Epidural compression leading to neurological compromise is found in the thoracic region in roughly 70 of cases and in the lumbar region 20 of the time. Most series report symptomatic cervical lesions occurring in only 6-8 of patients. The axiom, however, that acute neck or back pain in a patient with a known malignancy is metastatic disease until proven otherwise remains a prudent guideline. The majority of patients have involvement at a single level, although 15-20 of patients have compression at two or more sites 2,14-23 .
Infection of the leptomeninges results in an exudate that encases the spinal cord and nerve roots. This produces back pain, paraesthesia, lower limb weakness and loss of bowel and bladder control. Imaging may be normal while CSF shows high protein, lymphocytes and rarely acid fast bacilli. This disorder is now more frequent in AIDS patients. Differential diagnosis includes cytomegalovirus, cryptococcus, syphilis and lymphoma. Laminectomy and meningeal biopsy may be required to establish diagnosis. When suspected, empirical theory with antituberculous drugs is appropriate.
Precision fluoroscopically guided injections are the main tool in the diagnostic workup of chronic low back pain of more than 12 weeks duration. Statistically the pain generator is discogenic in 40 , zygo-apopheseal (Z) joint in 15-20 , and sacroiliac joint in 15 of cases. As in other medical pathologies, the best successful treatment depends on precise diagnosis of the pain-generating structure. In today's medical reality there is no other reliable diagnostic tool to determine the pain-causing anatomical structure comparable to precision diagnostic blocks.
Last observation carried forward (LOCF) is probably the most widely used technique in drug trials and has gained the seal of approval from the Food and Drug Administration. The name says it all when a person drops out of a study, the last recorded value is carried forward to fill in the blanks. The logic is that this is conservative, operating against the hypothesis that people will get better over time, and so it supposedly underestimates the degree of improvement. The advantages of LOCF are that it is easy to do and that we do not lose subjects. However, there are some problems with this technique. The first is the assumption that no change occurs aside from the effect of the intervention. This may indeed be a conservative assumption for the experimental group but is actually quite liberal with regard to the control or comparison group. It ignores the fact that the natural history of many disorders, ranging from depression to lower back pain, is improvement over time, even in the...
The parents, usually mothers, were compared using scores on stress questionnaires. Such an approach was too simple for a number of reasons. First, it ignored positive adaptation and was superseded by studies in which coping strategies within families were identified D providing a basis for intervention. Second, it ignored other life events and protective or compensating influences. Families with a retarded member are exposed to the same risk of adverse factors, such as poverty, divorce, unemployment, or mental illness as any other and, in most cases, will have the same strengths, such as humour, good friends, or staunch relatives as their neighbours. Third, the instruments employed mixed emotional or psychiatric symptoms with purely physical ones. All the complaints were added together as a measurement of 'stress'. Yet, backache was a very common symptom, but particularly in those parents with heavy lifting to do several times a day. The many influences, both positive and negative, on...
Figure 13 Renal cell carcinoma. (A) A 42-year-old female with back pain, hematuria, and a renal mass discovered by lumbar spine MR. CT without intravenous contrast shows mildly hyperdense (55 HU) 3 cm mass. (B) After intravenous contrast, the masses enhance to 88 HU, consistent with solid, not cystic character. Abbreviations CT, computed tomography HU, Hounsfield unit MR, magnetic resonance. Figure 13 Renal cell carcinoma. (A) A 42-year-old female with back pain, hematuria, and a renal mass discovered by lumbar spine MR. CT without intravenous contrast shows mildly hyperdense (55 HU) 3 cm mass. (B) After intravenous contrast, the masses enhance to 88 HU, consistent with solid, not cystic character. Abbreviations CT, computed tomography HU, Hounsfield unit MR, magnetic resonance.
The neurological abnormalities associated with these tumors include motor deficit ( 95 ), radicular or back pain (54 ), sphincter abnormalities, (34 ), and sensory (12 ) deficits (de Bernardi et al. 2001). The frequency of complete neurological recovery appears to be inversely correlated with the severity of the presenting neurological deficits (Katzenstein et al. 2001). Forty to 50 of the severely affected surviving children experience long-term neurological sequelae (Katzenstein et al. 2001 de Bernardi et al. 2001). There is a high likelihood of permanent neurological dysfunction in patients who experience neurological symptoms for more than 1 week prior to the initiation of treatment. Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgical decompression with laminectomy have been shown to result in similar rates of neurological recovery, but chemotherapy may be associated with fewer long-term sequelae (Katzenstein et al. 2001 de Bernardi et al. 2001).
On MRI, the abnormal filum is short and thick, and usually accompanies an abnormally low conus medullaris, located caudal to the L2 level. Affected patients can present at any age with back pain, bladder dysfunction, and sensory and motor changes in the lower extremities. Neurological abnormalities are presumably caused by hydromyelia and or injury to the spinal cord due to chronic tension, and may manifest as low Tl and high T2 SI within the central cord on MRI. Children can also have orthopedic deformities such as scoliosis and clubfeet.
Low back pain and stiffness in the sacroiliac region in the early morning are often the only symptoms in the beginning of the disease. If the pain lasts for more than three months, especially in patients below the age of 40, the diagnosis of AS should be taken into account. Typically, pain and stiffness decrease during exercise. Another possible symptom is an alternating and transient pain in the anterior chest wall, the neck, in the knee joints or the heels. These complaints may be triggered by sudden movements like sneezing or stumbling. In addition to these articular and spinal symptoms, an iridocyclitis is a frequent early sign. Low back pain and stiffness for at least three months, not eased by resting,
The decision for treatment with 224RaCl always should be made in close collaboration of the nuclear medicine specialist and the rheumatologist. Diagnosis of AS and a failure of conservative pharmacotherapy with both nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories and analgesics, or the presence of specific contraindications against these drugs are a prerequisite. The patients frequently complain of lower back pain, severe morning stiffness in the back and spine, and of breathing impairment owing to progressive inflammation and stiffening of their chests.
The patient was a 32-year-old married woman complaining of 1 week of burning pain on urination, and frequent voiding of small amounts of bloody urine. About 8 days earlier, she completed 3 days of trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole therapy for similar symptoms.Tests at that time showed that her urine was infected with Escherichia co resistant only to amoxicillin.When the symptoms returned, she began drinking 12 ounces of cranberry juice three times daily but had only partial relief. She denied having chills, fever, back pain, nausea, or vomiting. She was approximately 12 weeks pregnant. trimethoprim, p. 517 Her medical history revealed that she had suffered two or three similar episodes of urinary symptoms every year for a number of years. Sometimes the symptoms would go away just by forcing herself to take extra fluid, but at other times the symptoms would persist and she would obtain medical evaluation and treatment with an antibacterial medication. On one occasion several years before...
Osteochondromas are the most common of the benign bone tumors. Over 50 of symptomatic spinal lesions occur in the cervical region, and they almost always involve the posterior elements. Osteochondromas can be a manifestation of multiple hereditary osteo-chondromatosis, which is one of the more common skeletal dysplasias. Clinical presentation varies from individuals reporting a dull backache (smaller tumors) to decreased motion or deformity (larger tumors). Neurological compromise is rare however, when present, the cervical spine, followed by the thoracic spine, are the most common lesion locations, with resultant myelopathic symptoms. Plain radiographs demonstrate a protruding lesion, with well demarcated borders in the posterior elements. Treatment for this condition is usually observation, because the natural history is of very slow progression. On rare occasions, pain, neurological deficit or an accelerated growth pattern may necessitate surgical removal. Prognosis is...
An out-pouching of dura containing CSF may occur through a defect in the body of the sacrum (anterior spina bifida). This may be an isolated defect or may be in association with a more severe developmental abnormality of the whole caudal region of the embryo, as in caudal agenesis, where abnormalities of the genitourinary tract, rectum and anus may also occur in association with sacral agenesis. Presumably, the defect in the bone is the primary abnormality and, with the pressure of CSF, the meningocele gradually enlarges. The meningocele may contain sacral nerve roots. As the meningocele enlarges into the pelvis or retroperitoneal space, it produces symptoms of compression of the pelvic organs, including constipation, urinary frequency and abdominal or pelvic pain, as well as low back pain. Anterior sacral meningoceles are more common in females and may present as an incidental mass identified on pelvic examination or ultrasound. The diagnosis is
The study was performed in 11 men with low back pain syndrome, who were admitted to the Division of Medical Rehabilitation of the Regional Hospital in Sieradz. The patients were divided into two groups. Group 1 consisted of 6 men (mean age 42.9 years range 32-55) exposed to a pulsating MF (2.9mT, 40Hz, square impulse shape, bipolar) generated by Magnetronic MF 10 apparatus for three weeks (5 days per week, at 10 00h, 20min per day) applied as a coil in lower back region. Group 2 consisted of 5 men (mean age 44.8 years range 41-47) exposed to a pulsating MF (0.025-0.08mT, 200Hz, complex saw-like impulse shape, bipolar) generated by Quatronic MRS 2000 apparatus ( magnetic bed ) for three weeks (5 days per week, twice a day at 08 00h and 13 00h for 8min each) applied for the whole body in patients laying in horizontal position. The study was performed in spring.
A vast number of radiographs are still used in the assessment of neck and back pain. The yield of significant abnormalities is generally very low in low back pain it is more productive if the use of radiographs is limited to the young patient (under 20 years) for the detection of spondylolisthesis (Fig. 2.1) and to older patients (over 55 years) where metastasis is more likely. Degenerative disease seen on a radiograph correlates poorly with clinical signs and symptoms. Where surgical management of degenerative disease is considered, then there is a case for MRI only 3 .
Penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer (PAU) is an ulcer that develops within an atherosclerotically diseased portion of the thoracic or rarely the abdominal aorta, penetrating the internal elastic lamina and into the aortic media and associated with a localized intramural hematoma (Fig. 4E) 20 . This most often develops in elderly hypertensive patients with severe atherosclerotic disease and most commonly affects the descending thoracic aorta (90 ) 15 . While ulcerated atherosclerotic plaques limited to the aortic intima may be detected as incidental findings on contrast-enhanced thoracic CT, most patients with PAU present with chest and back pain indistinguishable from type B aortic dissection. In most cases the ulcerating lesion is limited in extent by the locally advanced atherosclerotic disease present within the adjacent portion of the aorta, although extension along the length of the aorta or through the media and adventitia with pseudoaneurysm formation can occur. As with IMH, the...
Spinal stability is further enhanced by muscles that are attached to the transverse and spinous processes. The most extensive muscles belong to the extensor group. Some of these muscles are unisegmental and extend over a short distance, and thus have little leverage, whereas others cross over several vertebral bodies and have a much greater mechanical advantage. These muscles tend to undergo fatty degeneration and atrophy in people with a sedentary lifestyle, in aging individuals, and in patients with chronic back pain (Figure 1-19).
Bogduk H The lumbar disc and low back pain. Neurosurg Clin N Am 2 791-806, 1991. Bogduk N, Cole AJ, Herring SA, eds. Anatomy and biomechanics, pp. 9-26 in Low back pain handbook A guide for the practicing clinician, 2nd edition. Hanley & Belfus, 2003. Macnab I, McCulloch J Anatomy, pp. 1-21 in Backache, 2nd edition. Williams and Wilkins, 1990.
Discitis and vertebral osteomyelitis develop more frequently in young children than in adults, probably because the increased vascularity of the intervertebral discs and cartilaginous vertebral endplates of young children make them more susceptible to hematogeously spread infections. The L2-3 and L3-4 levels are the most frequently affected disc spaces. Affected patients present with fevers and back pain, or with a complaint of refusal to walk. MRI is the preferred imaging modality, and demonstrates T2 hyperintensity and enhancement of the infected disc. Similar changes are evident in the adjacent vertebral endplates, epidural space and paraspinous soft tissues if they are also involved. In the late stages of infection, erosion and collapse of the infected vertebral body can occur, resulting in significant spinal deformity. Other modalities such as plain films, CT or radioisotope studies are either less sensitive or less specific than MRI. Spinal epidural abscesses are neurosurgical...
Tions, the machine is no longer necessary and the exercises can be performed whenever needed. Hyperactivity and behavioral problems in children, poor muscle control, back pain, temporo-mandibular joint syndrome, brain and nerve damage, cerebral palsy, and insomnia are some of the health conditions that have responded to biofeedback training.
Children with intramedullary masses or spinal-cord compression caused by ex-tramedullary masses typically present with myelopathy. Symptoms include weakness of the extremities and trunk, gait disturbances, additional motor abnormalities (e.g., rigidity, muscle spasm), back pain, dysesthesia, sensory loss and sphincter dysfunction. Distribution of motor and sensory deficits will obviously depend on the spinal levels affected. Larger masses or those that extend into the neuroforamina can also produce radicular symptoms by impinging on specific nerve roots.
There has been one recent prospective, randomized study. North et al.22 selected fifty patients as candidates for repeat laminectomy. All patients had undergone previous surgery and were excluded from randomization if they presented with severe spinal canal stenosis, extremely large disc fragments, a major neurological deficit such as foot drop, or radiographic evidence of gross instability. In addition, patients were excluded for untreated dependency on narcotic analgesics or benzodiazepines, major psychiatric comorbidity, the presence of any significant or disabling chronic pain problem, or a chief complaint of low back pain exceeding lower extremity pain. Crossover between groups was permitted. The six-month follow-up report included twenty-seven patients. At this point, they became eligible for crossover. Of the fifteen patients who had undergone reoperation, 67 (ten patients) crossed over to SCS. Of the twelve patients who had undergone SCS, 17 (two patients) opted for crossover...
The cost effectiveness of spinal cord stimulation (in the treatment of chronic back pain) was evaluated by Kumar and colleagues35 in 2002. They prospectively followed 104 patients with failed back surgery syndrome. Of the 104 patients, 60 were implanted with a spinal cord stimulator using standard selection criteria. Both groups were monitored over a period of five years. The stimulation group annual cost was 29,000 vs. 38,000 in the control group. The authors found 15 returned to work in the stimulation group vs. 0 in the control group. The higher costs in the nonstimulator group were in the categories of medications, emergency center visits, x-rays, and ongoing physician visits.
Our patient is a middle-aged sedentary amateur golfer. He has been experiencing back pain hindering daily activities that may well be related to golfing, although other more serious causes of back pain must be ruled out. The following depicts the management of our patient. Now that we have analysed the biomechanics of the swing and injury mechanics to the back we can discuss practical aspects of management. Management of the patient at hand starts with a thorough history and physical examination. We have to look for any red flag signs that are suggestive of more serious underlying pathology to the lumbar spine, such as non-mechanical type of persistent back pain, the presence of associated neurological deficit, sphincter disturbances, etc. If red flag signs are absent, and especially if it is deemed likely that the pain is related to the game of golf, then the principle of management will be as follows. Assessment of this patient starts with questions concerning how he performs his...
It is widely accepted that the principal indication for lumbar ESI is radicular pain, with or without low back pain (32,38,48,56). There is little support for consistent efficacy of ESI in mechanical or nonradiating pain (23,38). While Rivest et al. reported lower success in patients whose symptoms emanate from spinal stenosis than from herniated discs (57), others have not supported this discrepancy. Conditions that appear to be recalcitrant to ESI treatment include the post-surgical state (26,56,60) and neurogenic claudication (61). Fredman et al. posit that surgical adhesions and scar tissue often prevent the injectate from reaching the pain generator, an idea supported by their contrast injections on postsurgical patients (60). Fukusaki et al. hypothesized that the lack of efficacy in neurogenic claudication is related to its causation by ischemic neuropathy and not inflammation (61). Back pain related to neoplasm, infection, or spondyloarthropathy is not an indication for...
The pathogenesis of low back pain in an adult with bilateral spondylolysis, who was asymptomatic before, is intriguing. Finding pars defects in adults with low back pain may not have clinical relevance. It can be safely assumed that these defects have been there all along and something else, rather than the spondylolysis itself, may be the source of the new symptoms. The same applies to low grade isthmic slips.
Initially patients present with acute neck or back pain, which is followed within hours or days by progressive neurological deficits. Within a period of up to three weeks, and usually over several days only, the patients develop the full-blown picture sensory changes including sensory level or paraesthesia and muscle paralysis or weakness. These can quickly evolve to complete paraplegia or quadriple-gia, depending on the cord region that is affected. The sphincters are commonly involved as well. The signs and symptoms are bilateral but are not necessarily symmetrical. The thoracic cord is the area most frequently affected. In the initial stages the physical examination will detect lower motor neuron findings, such as areflexia and hypotonia. Severe atrophy of the involved muscles develops within days. The diagnosis is established by excluding other known causes of myelopathy such as multiple sclerosis, anterior spinal artery infarction, infectious myelitis, cord tumors, and vascular...
The patients, usually females in the sixth decade, present with back pain and radicular pain. The pain is frequently intermittent and is often mechanical in nature. It may be worse standing but may persist in other postures as well. The pain does not respond to conservative management and usually persists. On rare occasions, large-diameter cysts may lead to cauda equina syndrome. Thoracic or cervical cysts compress the cord and result in a slowly progressive myelopathy.
Tarlov cysts are commonly seen in MRI studies of the lumbosacral spine. The cysts were described by Tarlov in 1938 and bear his name. In most instances the cysts are an incidental finding, have no clinical relevance, and are not responsible for the patient's symptoms. In a small number of patients, especially those with large cysts, symptoms such as back pain, radicular pain, and pelvic pain may be caused by the cysts.
AP and lateral radiographs of this adolescent patient after a motor-vehicle crash demonstrate a vertebral body fracture, focal kyphosis and disruption of the posterior elements (pedicles and lamina) at L3. She presented with severe back pain but no neurological deficit in the lower extremities. Operative fusion was performed for this unstable injury, providing restoration of normal spinal alignment, enabling early rehabilitation and avoiding potential secondary neurological injury. Figure 9. Lumbar fracture. AP and lateral radiographs of this adolescent patient after a motor-vehicle crash demonstrate a vertebral body fracture, focal kyphosis and disruption of the posterior elements (pedicles and lamina) at L3. She presented with severe back pain but no neurological deficit in the lower extremities. Operative fusion was performed for this unstable injury, providing restoration of normal spinal alignment, enabling early rehabilitation and avoiding potential...
Using diagnostic intra-articular blocks producing temporary symptomatic relief as the reference (criterion) standard, the prevalence of primary SI joint pain and chronic low back pain is in the range of 18 to 30 based on two studies (2,3). The SI joint has a diffuse innervation pattern without a fixed course for the efferent nerves. Therefore, there is no effective nerve block for the SI joint and only intra-articular injections can selectively anesthetize the SI joint. One confounder may be the degree of pain the patient is in at the time of the injection. If the patient is not in a high level of pain, then the opportunity for demonstrating dramatic improvement is lessened. Control injections (control blocks) are useful in mitigating the placebo effect. Because of the risks of a false positive response, the placebo injection of normal saline at another time would be useful to show no improvement. Alternatively, anesthetic agents of different time durations (lidocaine vs. bupivacaine)...
Women with enterocele often have concomitant vaginal support defects. Symptoms are often complex and cannot be attributed solely to the enterocele. Nonetheless, women with large enteroceles often complain of pelvic pressure, fullness, vaginal protrusion, and low backache. Additionally, women may experience irritation, spotting, and ulceration from exposure of the vaginal epithelium overlying the exposed enterocele. With severe enterocele, evisceration of bowel through the vagina has been described.5 Rare cases of small bowel incarceration in enterocele sacs have also been reported.2 The effects of severe enterocele on bowel function are poorly understood.
If people are in contact with water where infected snails live, they become infected when larval forms of the parasites penetrate their skin. Later, adult male and female schistosomes pair and live together in human blood vessels. The females release eggs, some of which are passed out in the urine (in S. haematobium infection) or stools (S. mansoni and S. japonicum), but some eggs are trapped in body tissues. Immune reactions to eggs lodged in tissues are the cause of disease. Systemic complications are bladder cancer, progressive enlargement of the liver and spleen, intestinal damage due to fibrotic lesions around eggs lodged in these tissues, and hypertension of the abdominal blood vessels. Most cases of cerebral schistosomiasis are observed with S. japonicum, constituting 2-4 of all S. japonicum infections. However, CNS schistosomiasis also can occur with other species and involves seizures, headache, back pain, bladder dysfunction, paresthesias and lower limb weakness. Death is...
Physical changes during pregnancy, including abdominal distension, fetal movement, bladder distention, urinary frequency, backache, and heartburn, all contribute to increased sleep fragmentation and decreased REM sleep. Weight gain may precipitate or worsen pre-existing sleep apnea. Conversely, increased minute ventilation, preference for the lateral sleep position, and decreased REM sleep time during pregnancy can decrease the risk for OSA (71).
The answer is b. (Afifi, pp 519-520. Siegel and Sapru, p 31.) A tethered cord syndrome is characterized by a shortened and or thickened filum terminale, resulting in the spinal cord becoming anchored to the subcutaneous tissue. This results in sensory and motor deficits in the lower extremities as well as bladder difficulties, back pain, and scoliosis.
Meningiomas usually present in the fifth or sixth decades, mostly in women. Patients may present with progressive gait dysfunction due to myelopathy, sensory changes, back pain, and, less frequently, sphincter dysfunction. Physical examination may detect long tract signs, mainly hyper-reflexia. Occasionally weakness in the lower extremities is documented.
Leg pain Root irritation or compression produces pain in the distribution of the affected root and this should extend below the mid-calf. Coughing, sneezing or straining aggravates the leg pain which is usually more severe than any associated backache. If compression causes severe root damage the leg pain may disappear as neurological signs develop.
New onset of back pain in elderly men should be carefully evaluated for evidence of metastatic prostate cancer. For those patients with a known medical history of prostate cancer, back pain should also lead the clinician to entertain a diagnosis of recurrence, with metastases. In such patients, it is often helpful to routinely check the serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level. If the serum PSA level is greater than 100 ng ml, then the positive predictive value for bony metastasis is 74 . Conversely, a level of less than 10 ng ml indicates a negative predictive value of 98 . As the PSA level is a relative marker for extent of disease, it is useful to have prior levels and trends to compare current levels with.
Loss of calcium from bone causes osteoporosis and is found most frequently in postmenopausal women and men in their 70s. Symptoms are low back pain, stooped posture, loss of height, and increased risk of fracture. Heredity, exercise, and diet are the most important factors in the condition. After the age of around 30, calcium no longer builds bone or adds to bone mass. However, sufficient dietary calcium is still necessary to maintain bone mass and retard bone loss. After menopause women need to eat sufficient amounts of estrogenic foods such as soy to prevent further bone loss. Weight-bearing exercises such as walking, weight lifting, yoga, and T'ai chi help build bone density. For back pain. Bodywork
General evaluation of the patients includes time of onset, precipitating events, type of pain, site and radiation, aggravating and relieving conditions and associated symptoms, e.g. weakness, paresthesiae, etc. It is also important to establish the effect of the pain on the patient's social life and work, treatments already tried, as well as any ongoing litigation. The available special investigations (MRI, CT scan, etc.) should be reviewed. The diagnosis is rarely definite, the imaging results and clinical symptoms and signs may not be in harmony and psychological disorders may be apparent. In this situation, the resort to focused invasive procedures may be ineffective at best, positively harmful at worst. The practitioner must be aware of the pressure from patient and colleagues to do something, anything must be better than this . Good evidence for benefit is lacking for most invasive procedures in the management of back pain. This assessment will normally allow the patient to be...
Indications The ZJ block is used in the workup of chronic low back pain or in case of concomitant radiographic picture of pathology at the spinal nerve level and of the ZJ with a nonclassic radicular-type pain distribution. At times, joint aspiration can shed light on unexpected pathology, such as crystal arthropathy.
Prostate problems include inflammation, enlargement, or cancer of the prostate gland which surrounds the urethra, the tube through which urine flows. An inflammation of the gland is called pros-titis resulting in pain during urination and ejaculation, frequent urination and possibly low back pain. The causes include infection, too much or too little ejaculation, jarring exercises such as horseback and bicycle riding, and food irritants like caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and red pepper. Drinking plenty of water is important in keeping a flow of urine and in preventing dehydration, which can be in effect even though not thirsty, and is a condition that is very stressful for the prostate.
Infection, but significant for pruritus in the perineum. Physical exam showed a well-appearing girl in no acute distress. There was no back pain and no abdominal tenderness. Significant erythema of the labia minora and vulva was noted. There was no appreciable discharge. Urinalysis was normal. Patient was diagnosed with contact dermatitis and started on lubricant ointment 4 times a day. Her symptoms resolved in 5 days.
Symptoms of cystitis include burning pain upon urination, pain in the lower abdomen, pressure, frequent urge to urinate but unable to do so, strong urinary odor, fever, and low back pain. If infection is recurrent, see a physician as the disease could spread to the kidneys. Drink plenty of fluids. Urinate frequently, completely, and always after intercourse. Wipe the genital area from front to back, wear cotton underwear, and avoid scented products.
The use of BoNT A has been increasingly reported in many conditions of pathological pain, including migraine and other headache disorders (Aoki 2003 Binder and Blitzer 2003), musculoskeletal pain, such as myofascial pain, low back pain, and other chronic pain syndromes (Luvisetto et al. 2007 Reilich et al. 2004 Sycha et al. 2004).
Bone marrow edema may sometimes be observed on both sides of the disc space following simple discectomy or after interbody fusion. This may be associated with intense back pain and should be distinguished from vertebral osteomyelitis. The absence of fever and normal erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP) values usually rule out vertebral infection. Bone marrow edema is usually a self-limiting process.
Over the course of time, patients develop additional fractures that may result in kyphotic deformities leading, in a significant percentage of patients, to chronic persistent back pain and, at times, to neurological complications and pulmonary dysfunction.
The most common presentation of type one AVM is that of slowly evolving myelopathy. Over the course of months or years, patients develop increasing motor deficits such as paraparesis and sensory loss. Subsequently disturbances in micturition may occur as well. It is believed that the myelopathy develops secondary to sustained increased venous pressure, which results in venous engorgement and spinal cord ischemia. Physical examination reveals myelopathic findings a combination of upper and lower motor neuron signs. At times, the symptoms are aggravated by exercise and may be accompanied by low back pain. In rare instances, when thrombosis or hemorrhaging occurs, sudden deterioration may evolve with progressive neurological loss.
Indications Often, multilevel disc pathology is observed on MRI, and the determination of the painful pathologic disc is necessary for planning the appropriate treatment or surgical intervention. Discogram is necessary in the workup of chronic back pain when Z joint or SI joint pathology is also present. In case of discogenic low back pain from an internal disc disruption, the MRI might be negative and only a discogram and provocation may pinpoint the cause of the pain.
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