How A Pain Clinic Can Help With Back Injury
Your spine is made up of 33 bones and tissue that extends from your skull to your pelvis. These bones protect your cylinder of nerve tissues called the spinal cord. Between each vertebra is a band of cartilage that is a shock absorber between each vertebrae. There are different types of vertebrae:
• Cervical vertebrae – The 7 vertebrae that form the upper part of the spine
• Lumbar vertebrae – The 5 largest/strongest vertebrae between the chest and hips in the lower back
• Sacrum & coccyx -The bones at the base of your spine. There are 5 vertebrae fused together in the sacrum, and the coccyx or tailbone is made up of 4 fused vertebrae.
• Thoracic vertebrae – the 12 bones between the neck and the lower back
Cause of Back Pain
Back pain can be a complex matter even when it is obvious that it is the result of an accident. There are numerous different types of back injuries that can cause back pain. Your doctor will use tools like x-rays, CT scans and MRI scans to diagnose what’s at the root of your back pain and to see what type of damage, if any the back injury caused. Musculoskeletal injuries can be very painful too.
Types of Back Injuries
There are 2 main types of back injuries:
• Cervical Radiculopathy – Nerve function damage occurs when one of the nerve roots located near the cervical vertebrae becomes compressed. Damage to the nerve roots in the cervical area can lead to weakness, and loss of sensation in the arms shoulders or neck depending on where the damaged roots are. In almost all cases there is pain.
• Spondylolisthesis – This is a slipped vertebra that occurs usually the spine base. Spondylolysis is either a fracture or defect of one/both wing-shaped parts of the vertebra, which can cause a vertebrae to slip forward, backward, or over the bone below.
With back injuries can quickly turn into chronic conditions with chronic back pain that your family physician was unsuccessful in treating and therefore has recommended you should be seen at a pain clinic.
What is Pain Clinic
A pain clinic has a staff of professionals that all specialize in different areas but who work in unison to create the best pain management plan for you.
The pain clinic will:
• Will identify the type of back injury you sustained along with all the details surrounding that injury.
• Order new tests or rerun tests to examine what is causing our back pain.
• Look at non surgical ways to treat your back pain, which includes the use of medications
• Determine if surgery would be beneficial to your injury. If there is surgery then determine the pain management during your rehab.
• Follow your progress and maintenance to ensure you remain pain free.
Pain clinic therapies can include medications, spinal mobilization, acupuncture, chiropractic manipulations, Prolotherapy, massage therapy, and physiotherapy, are all treatments that can bring relief alone or when combined.
Regularly the treatment plan will be re-evaluated to see if it is performing as anticipated and to tweak it as necessary. If you are tired of suffering from your back injury a pain clinic can help. When it all seems hopeless and when you feel that you will always be in pain, a pain clinic can help.