What is low back pain?
It is a common medical problem caused by damage to the muscles, nerves, bones, or joints in the back.
How do people present with low back pain?
Usually patients present with either an acute pain (than happens within minutes or hours
How to identify the reason for low back pain?
Proper history taking by your physician, or health care provider is crucial to know the reason for back pain. Also, proper physical examination including but is not limited to examining the vertebral column bones, muscles, joints and muscles. Special tests may be needed such as straight leg elevation test and dermatome testing may be needed.
Do we need to do imaging (such as X-ray, CT scans or MRI) of the spine to reach the diagnosis?
The answer to this question is no, as in many cases, the reason for low back pain can be known from simply history taking and a proper physical examination. However, sometimes a radiology examination may be needed if your doctor is not sure about the diagnosis and in some clinical situations.
Is there a danger of doing X-ray for diagnosis of low back pain?
Usually, a single exposure to X rays does not cause any problems, however, repeated exposure in a short period of time can be serious.
How can naturopathic medicine help manage low back pain?
Naturopathic doctors can treat your low back pain in many ways such as using an acupuncture, cupping, massage, joint adjustment (or manipulation), heat therapy, and herbal supplements. The use of proper physical exercises as advised by your naturopathic doctor is of a paramount significance in keeping your muscle strength and activity. The use of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) is very helpful in relieving the low back pain and It works by improving the blood supply to the deep tissues and muscles which accelerates the healing process and helps recovery.
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