Few people go through life without having episodes of lower back pain.
For some people, though, it’s a daily struggle.
The American Academy of Family Physicians says back pain may be controlled by maintaining proper posture and sitting, lifting, standing and exercising properly.
Others have to seek medical attention for relief. The academy mentions these warning signs that you should see a doctor about your aching lower back:
- If pain radiates down your leg below your knee.
- If your leg, foot or groin feel numb.
- If you have fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain or weakness.
- If you have difficulty going to the bathroom.
- If the pain was caused by an injury.
- If pain is so intense that you can’t move.
- If your pain doesn’t improve or gets worse after two weeks.
- If you notice any muscle atrophy.
SPINAL CORD STIMULATION:
Constant agonizing pain is hard to imagine for most. It consumes you, confines you, and can destroy your family and work life. Spinal cord stimulation is a path you can take to move beyond the pain, to step back into the life you once new. Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is the most commonly used implantable neurostimulation modality for management of pain syndromes. It is a pain treatment modality predicated on reducing the intensity, duration, and frequency in which pain is felt. Dr. Vashi uses the first and only system of its kind to allow for MRI’s to be performed with a stimulator in place!
Dr. Vashi mainly uses them to help control radicular pain, otherwise known as sciatica. It is not solely used postoperatively. At times, it can be used to control/manage your pain without having back surgery. It starts with a trial. This is important for a variety of reasons, but mainly it serves as an evaluation period for you and Dr. Vashi to determine if spinal cord stimulation is the right course of action for you. Before committing to long-term therapy, you will have 7-10 days with the trial to gauge its effectiveness. Call us today to schedule an appointment to see if you may be a candidate! 262-764-5595.
Does pain shoot down your leg? Do you experience any numbness/tingling in your leg or foot? This can be the result of a disc herniation. Both Dr. Vashi and Dr. Didinsky combine to specialize in operative and non operative treatments of low back pain and sciatica. Give us a call with any questions at 262-764-5595.