A lot of people who suffer from back problems don’t realise they’re experiencing them.
People think they’re simply having a mild back problem and then when they see a specialist they think it’s a common back problem, but it can be much more serious.
It can lead to a lot of health issues such as osteoarthritis or osteoporosis.
But a lot more people are struggling with back pain than they realise, according to a new study.
In fact, more than half of the people surveyed had experienced back pain and about one in four were having pain for a week or more.
This is more than double the average pain threshold for the general population.
Back pain can be very difficult to manage and can be difficult to tell if it’s an issue of pain or not, says Dr Dan Wesson, a spine specialist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Dr Wesson says that back pain is often the cause of problems in the long-term, especially for older people and people with other health problems.
“I think there’s a general perception that it’s something that’s just in your early 20s, it’s just a minor thing,” he says.
“But that’s actually very, very different to what it really is.”
Back pain is not only a health issue, it can affect your life too, Dr Wessen says.
It’s not just that it can lead a person to a range of health problems, like osteoosteitis, which can cause osteopontosis.
People who suffer back pain are also more likely to develop chronic health conditions, like obesity, depression and even substance abuse, he says, which are linked to poor back health.
“The real problem is the underlying issue, the underlying underlying health issues,” he said.
People can have their back pain managed without any pain medication, but if they do not find a specialist, they may be asked to have a spinal tap.
And if that doesn’t help, they can be referred to a specialist for an MRI, CT scan or a spinal fusion.
Dr Dan’s advice for people struggling with their back problems is to avoid the pain and seek out a specialist.
“Don’t think you can go home without painkillers.
Don’t feel you have to go on a painkiller diet,” he advises.
If your back pain isn’t getting better or if you’re getting worse, you may need a back surgery, Dr Dan says.
But if your back is bothering you regularly, you should consider a specialist’s advice.
And for some people, there are other things that can be done, such as changing the type of back braces you use, wearing a brace for a while or having a neck brace fitted.
But Dr Wessons advice is to look out for the symptoms, talk to your GP and make sure you’re not over-exercising or hurting yourself.
Dr David Huggins is a specialist at South Adelaide’s Institute of Orthopaedic Surgery.
“You need to be careful not to do too much or too quickly,” he warns.
If you or someone you know is struggling with chronic pain, you can talk to a pain expert at South Australian’s South Adelaide Health. “
There’s no magic solution for back pain.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with chronic pain, you can talk to a pain expert at South Australian’s South Adelaide Health.
Call 1300 974 565 for more information.