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  • Back pain for adults is one of the most common health complaints among adults, affecting millions worldwide. Whether it’s a dull, persistent ache or a sharp, shooting pain, back discomfort can significantly impact your quality of life, making everyday activities challenging. At MGM Healthcare, we understand the debilitating effects of back pain and are committed to providing comprehensive information and effective solutions to help you find relief.

  • As individuals age, the structures within their spine age, resulting in wear and tear that can lead to back pain impacting daily lives.Back pain stems from various sources including Strained muscles or ligaments, muscle spasms, tension, damaged disks, injuries and fractures following falls.

  • Structural issues include ruptured or bulging disks, sciatica, arthritis, abnormal spine curvature, osteoporosis, infection, tumors, ankylosing spondylitis, spinal stenosis and spondylosis can contribute to discomfort. Other reasons for back pain include kidney problems or uterine conditions.

  • Our team of experienced orthopedic specialists, physical therapists, and pain management experts will share their insights and recommendations, empowering you with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about your back health.

  • Whether you’re struggling with acute or chronic back pain, this blog post aims to serve as a valuable resource, guiding you toward effective pain management and improved overall well-being.

Symptoms of Back Pain

  • Back pain can manifest itself in various ways, ranging from mild discomfort to debilitating agony. While some symptoms may be indicative of a minor strain or sprain, others could signal a more serious underlying condition. Here are some common symptoms associated with back pain:

  • Weight loss: Unexplained weight loss, especially when accompanied by back pain, can be a red flag for certain medical conditions, such as spinal tumors or infections.

  • Fever: The presence of a fever, along with back pain, may indicate an infection in the spine or surrounding tissues.

  • Inflammation or swelling on the back: Visible swelling or inflammation in the back area can be a sign of injury, arthritis, or an underlying condition affecting the spine or surrounding muscles.

  • Persistent back pain: Chronic or persistent back pain that lasts for more than a few weeks or recurs frequently can be a symptom of a more serious problem that requires medical attention.

  • Pain in the legs: Radiating pain that extends from the back down into the legs can be a symptom of a herniated or bulging disc, spinal stenosis, or nerve compression.

  • Pain radiating towards the knee: Pain that radiates from the back towards the knee can be indicative of sciatica, a condition caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve.

  • Urinary incontinence: Loss of bladder control or the inability to hold urine can be a sign of a serious spinal condition, such as cauda equina syndrome, which requires immediate medical attention.

  • Difficulty urinating: If back pain is accompanied by difficulty or an inability to urinate, it may be a symptom of a spinal cord compression or other underlying condition affecting the nerves that control bladder function.

  • Fecal incontinence or loss of bowel control: The inability to control bowel movements can be a symptom of a severe spinal condition, such as cauda equina syndrome, which requires prompt medical evaluation and treatment.

  • Numbness around the anus: Numbness or loss of sensation around the anus can be a sign of a serious spinal condition affecting the nerves that control bowel and bladder function.

Treatment for Back Pain

  • Application of hot compression or ice packs may relieve the pain.

  • Non-steroidal inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and muscle relaxants can also provide relief.

  • For persistent pain, medical treatment may include medication, physiotherapy, selective targeted injections around the pain generators, cognitive behavioral therapy, traction or surgery in extreme cases.

  • Modern physiotherapy equipment includes Transcutaneous Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation (TENS), Waist Pain Massage- Electric Air Pressure, Infrared Machine and Ultrasonic Ultrasound Therapy Machine to treat back pain.

  • Department of spine surgery at MGM Healthcare led by Dr.Karunakaran – Director and Senior Consultant specialises in Endoscopic Spine Surgery, a minimally invasive procedure effectively relieving chronic back and leg pain.

  • This surgery employs an HD camera attached to an endoscope for precise targeting of pain generators in the spine.

  • Endoscopic Spine Surgery ensures safer procedures, greater accuracy and improved outcomes acting as an innovative solution for various spinal conditions.

  • The Department of spine surgery comprises Dr Karunakaran and Dr Vijayaraghavan, renowned minimally invasive spine surgeons.With their expertise and innovative techniques, we are here to relieve your back pain and improve your overall spinal health.

  • Call us at 044 4524 2424 for a personalised consultation.

  • Verified by
    Dr Karunakaran
    Director and Senior Consultant
    Department of Spine Surgery