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KNOW YOUR PAIN - Our Philosophy

If you have troubling symptoms, such as back pain, you aren't alone. 75% to 85% of all people will experience some form of back pain during their lifetime. In fact, back pain is the second most frequently reported reason for visiting a doctor, and after the common cold, is the next leading reason for missed workdays for people under 45.

We all experience pain differently - no two people have exactly the same pain. But that doesn't mean you have to live with it. An ideal therapy for acute back pain, for example, would be quick, effective and fine-tuned to your special needs. Despite advances in the treatment of back and spinal pain, many are still forced to live with recurrent, chronic pain. Chronic pain usually means endless doctor's appointments and visits to the hospital. You're forced to plan around the pain, and it gets harder and harder to take part in your usual activities with family and friends. In the end, the pain controls your life

The First Step:
The Proper Diagnosis
being able to pinpoint exactly what's causing the pain - this is one of the toughest challenges in medicine. Our main priority at the start of this process: to understand you, your situation and your needs. We then evaluate, actualize and clarify diagnoses and treatment outcomes
Choosing the Right Therapy- means working together with you toward your health goals. Is surgery necessary? Which procedure is right for you? As a rule, we recommend surgery after all other treatment options; have failed.
New Hope: You Don't Have to Live with Pain
Preventing pain from becoming chronic is crucial. Adequate, efficient treatment must be started at the first signs of pain. Out patient procedures, allowing you to leave the clinic on the same day, are often all it takes. Sometimes in patient procedures are necessary, requiring you to spend few days in the clinic.

Choosing the right therapies for chronic back pain means using the knowledge of experts

Types of pain
When you feel pain, it is really a reaction to signals transmitted throughout your body. These signals are sent from the pain source -- such as a sore back, through the nerves in the spinal cord, and up to the brain, where they are perceived as pain.

Different Types of Pain:
It is important to know because different treatments work better for each type of pain.
Neuropathic pain is caused by damage to nerve tissue. It is often felt as a burning or stabbing pain. One example of neuropathic pain is a "pinched nerve."
Nociceptive pain is caused by an injury or disease outside the nervous system. It is often an ongoing dull ache or pressure, rather than the sharper, trauma-like pain that is characteristic of neuropathic pain. One example of nociceptive pain is arthritis pain.

Chronic V/s Acute Back Pain
Chronic Back Pain is commonly described as deep, aching, dull or burning pain in one area of the back or traveling down the legs. Patients may experience numbness, tingling, burning, or a pins-and-needles type sensation in the legs. Regular daily activities may prove difficult or impossible for the chronic back pain patient. They may find it difficult or unbearable to work, for example, even when the job does not require manual labor. Chronic back pain tends to last a long time, and is not relieved by standard types of medical management. It may result from a previous injury long since healed, or it may have an ongoing cause, such as nerve damage or arthritis.

Acute Back Pain
is commonly described as a very sharp pain or a dull ache, usually felt deep in the lower part of the back, and can be more severe in one area, such as the right side, left side, center, or the lower part of the back. Acute pain can be intermittent, but is usually constant, only ranging in severity and has been there for a short time. Most low back pain is acute, and will resolve itself in three days to six weeks with or without treatment.

Patients with acute pain occurring more than three times in one year or who experience longer-lasting episodes of back pain that significantly interfere with functional activities (e.g., sleeping, sitting, standing, walking, bending, riding in or driving a car) tend to develop a chronic condition.

Mechanical back pain
a form of acute pain is aggravated by movement and worsened by coughing. This type of pain is usually alleviated with rest. Mechanical back pain is typical of a herniated disc or stress fracture. For patients with this condition, forward movements of the spine usually cause pain. In addition, posture, coughing, sneezing, and movement can all influence pain coming from the spine.
When acute back pain is severe and travels down both legs, it could be caused by lumbar disc disease, the most common cause of true sciatica, another form of acute pain

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