Chronic Low Back Pain
Low back pain is considered chronic when it lasts beyond six months. No study shows that chronic low back pain is permanently corrected with epidurals, physical therapy, or chiropractic manipulation unless the underlying cause is healed. Today, we know that annular tears are underlying cause of most non-traumatic spine issues, including chronic low back pain. The only treatment known to permanently heal and seal these annular tears is the Discseel®Procedure.
What is Chronic Low Back Pain?
The reason why back pain is required to last longer than six months before it can be considered chronic is because 90% of low back pain resolves itself before the six month mark. For the 10% of people whose low back pain pain does not resolve itself within six months, it’s unlikely that they will get better on their own.
Once scientists finally understood that annular tears are the underlying cause of most chronic low back pain, it finally became clear why chronic low back pain doesn’t improve on its own until these tears are healed. Annular tears contribute to chronic low back pain by allowing the inner portion of spinal discs, the nucleus pulposus, to leak out of the disc, inflaming adjacent spinal nerves. This inflammation then refers pain, numbness, or weakness in whatever direction the inflamed nerves travel.
Unfortunately, annular tears cannot naturally heal themselves due to a lack of blood vessels in the spinal disc. The only treatment shown to permanently repair annular tears leading to chronic low back pain is the Discseel® Procedure.
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Symptoms of Chronic Low Back Pain
The range of symptoms for chronic low back pain revolves around the definition of pain. The most common are as follows:
- Pain (dull or achy) contained to the low back
- Pain that worsens after prolonged sitting or standing
- Stinging, burning pain that moves from the low back to the backs of the thighs, sometimes into the lower legs or feet
- Numbness or tingling (sciatica)
- Muscle spasms and tightness in the low back, pelvis and hips
- Difficulty standing up straight, walking or going from standing to sitting
This list is not definitive. Chronic low back pain has many more symptoms that are varied and intricate. You should consult your doctor if you feel that you have chronic low back pain.
Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain - Why Discseel® is the Best Option
Diagnosing Chronic Low Back Pain
Diagnosing chronic low back pain can be done by your primary care physician in conjunction with your medical history, a physical exam, and any number of imaging tests. In most cases though, imaging tests are overkill for this kind of diagnosis. They are usually used to rule out other causes of pain.
Why the Discseel® Procedure is the best treatment for chronic low back pain
There are dozens of treatment options for chronic low back pain, and up to several hundred if one explores all non-medical options. Here are the most common treatments:
- Heat or cold packs – only temporarily relieve muscle spasms
- Activity, exercise and/or physical therapy – may cause more problems if not done properly
- Medication (anti-inflammatory, pain, steroid injections) – cannot repair the underlying cause of chronic lower back pain
- Spinal manipulation/mobilization – only temporary relief and can worsen annular tears
- Biofeedback therapy – only provides temporary relief
- Spinal laminectomy – does not address annular tears, the underlying problem
- Discectomy – irreversible and can cause increased disc leaking
- Spinal Fusion – irreversible, limits movement and accelerates the degeneration of adjacent discs
Some are simple and some are complex, but none show the kinds of results the Discseel® Procedure offers. The recovery time and the methods used for the Discseel® Procedure create a potent treatment method for chronic low back pain that gives hope back to patients.