Back Pain – New Tools to help in the diagnosis and treatment
Many people suffer from back pain which impacts upon their daily life and activities
Even though incidents of lumbago and sciatica are recorded as far back as Hippocrates, for the majority of patients the true cause of lower back pain remains a mystery. Such ambiguity is a direct reflection of the complex anatomy of the spine, where there are many pain-producing soft tissues, including the articular joints, corresponding nerves, ligaments and muscles.
Depending on the cause and structure involved, there can be many different symptoms for lower back pain:
- Pain and stiffness in the back.
- Referred pain in the buttocks and the legs.
- Pain that worsens when bending, stretching, coughing, or sneezing.
- Tingling, weakness or numbness that radiates from the lower back and into the buttocks and legs – especially with activity.
- Activities such as walking, twisting and bending may increase the pain.
- Other symptoms include a ‘pins and needles’ sensation, or tingling and difficulty moving or controlling the leg.
- Typically, symptoms only manifest on one side of the body.
There are many different conditions that can cause back pain, so a thorough medical history is performed as part of the examination. Important questions are asked to ascertain the source of the pain, and then a physical examination will be performed.
Additional diagnostic tests for lower back pain include:
X-ray – Provides information on the bones in the spine; used to test for spinal instability, tumors and fractures.
MRI scan – Displays a detailed cross-section of the components of the spine.
A new diagnostic tool that has been added at The London Sports Injury Clinic is the Dorsavi ViMove software which through the use of sensors placed on the back allows the clinician to see and assess in real time. This information is also printed as a report with recommendations for exercises for rehabilitation and to strengthen weakened areas.
A video of the ViMove assessment can be seen on our website at the page beow
For more information contact The London Sports Injury Clinic
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