Sleeping, running errands, picking up items and sitting in a chair for long periods of time are things most of us do at one time or another or even daily, but if you suffer from back pain, these “normal” activities can feel anything but normal. If you suffer from chronic back pain, you’re not alone. A WebMD news article found that more than 100 million Americans deal with chronic back pain, a problem that can quickly cause more than just a physical effect.
Dealing with chronic pain can be anything from inconvenient to incapacitating. Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than six months. For someone who is in pain constantly, there arises a serious tradeoff in how one lives life as the pain takes a physical and emotional toll.
Chronic pain can occur anywhere in the body and may originate from an initial trauma or without any past injury or damage. Often the pain is accompanied by a loss of sleep, reduced activity levels, a weakened immune system, mood changes, depression and disability.
Finding a solution to chronic back pain is often unique to the individual. Treatments depend on the intensity and the length of time spent dealing with chronic pain. In cases where pain management remains out of reach with conventional treatments, it may be time to talk to an orthopaedic surgeon who is medically trained to treat ailments of the spine. This could include chronic low back pain, disc degeneration, slippage of the spine, spinal deformity, fractures and tumors.
With continuing advances in minimally invasive surgery and microsurgery, surgeons have the ability to perform surgery through small incisions, less than one inch in diameter. An endoscope or small, lighted tube with a camera passes through the incision along with related surgical instruments. This allows the orthopaedicsurgeon to work without disturbing normal tissue, allowing patients to recover easier and return to regular activities quicker.
Never second-guess the body’s cry of pain. If you find yourself unable to live the life you desire because of pain, it’s time to explore your options. The orthopaedic surgeons at Aspen Mountain Medical Center encourage you to make a healthy investment in you today and in the future.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Henry Fabian or Dr. Lokesh Tantuwaya, please call 307.352.8900.
At Aspen Mountain Medical Center, our simple mission is to serve the residents of southwest Wyoming, providing the best access to multiple specialties from a home base of Rock Springs. Our 14 unique specialty offerings include anesthesiology, family medicine, gastroenterology, general surgery, and gynecology, internal medicine, interventional radiology, orthopaedic, (ENT), pain management, pediatrics, podiatry and spine. Talk to your healthcare provider about scheduling a procedure at Aspen Mountain Medical Center, providing affordable and high-quality healthcare close to home.
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