Managing Chronic Back Pain

Millions of Americans suffer with chronic back pain. In this WLTX interview from earlier this month, Dr. Philip Toussaint of Lexington Brain and Spine Institute, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, talks about the best ways to manage the problem. From therapy to surgery, there are a variety of methods.

 

    Notes from the Doctor:

~Most people have back pain at some point in their life.
~In many cases, you can treat back pain at hoe with ice or heat, anti-inflammatory medication and stretching.
~Patients with back pain that lasts more than a week or two should see their doctor.
~While surgery can help some kinds of back pain, it’s a last step in the treatment process. It’s important to be evaluiated and determine the exact cause of the pain in order to start adequate treatment.
~Causes for back pain range from trauma to arthritis, and doctors will customize a treatment plan for each patient. It may include medication, physical therapy or injection therapy – which are effective in most cases.

Lexington Brain and Spine Institute treats all kinds of neck and back problems. For more information, visit LexingtonBrainandSpine.com

Ask the Doc: Common Injuries in Student Athletes

Fall sports are in full swing for student athletes ranging from Pre-K to college. In this interview from a webinar at WLTX this month, Dr. Justin Knight, orthopaedic surgeon at Southeastern Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine, talks about the most common injuries he sees in young people who play sports – and what we can do to prevent them.

 

Notes from the Doctor:

~Dr. Knight says he treats a wide variety of injuries from strains and sprains to more complex ligament injuries involving the knee, shoulder and ankle.
~For injuries related to overuse, Dr. Knight advises giving it a few weeks to feel better and use anti-inflammatory medications. If it doesn’t improve, call an orthopaedic specialist.
~Injuries that involve a “pop” or “snap” may need more immediate attention.

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