Lower back pain : Dr. Pallav Bhatia

Dr. Pallav Bhatia

Lower back pain is a common problem which affects million of people worldwide. On most occasion , pain subsides in few days or a week. So people tend to ignore it. But it is a most common cause of disability nowadays according to experts.

Acute lower back pain is defined as lower back pain present for up to six weeks.  It may be experienced in the form of aches, burning, stabbing, sharp or dull, well-defined or vague sensations.  The intensity of pain may range from mild to severe and may fluctuate.

People with cases of pain lasting longer than six weeks are therefore advised to a consult doctors as this is mostly not a muscular cause for this pain.

Ignorance could lead to chances of inadequate blood supply to pain-affected areas, which affects delivery of nutrients and oxygen and systems responsible for removal of byproducts becoming impaired.

“At least 80 per cent of individuals experience an intense episode of low back pain at some point of their life time,” said Dr pallav bhatia, spine surgeon at lokmanya group of hospitals, pune.

An exact source of acute lower back pain is hard to identify but there are numerous possible pain producers, including muscles, soft connective tissue, ligaments, joint capsules and cartilage and blood vessels.

“These tissues may be pulled, strained, stretched or sprained. Annular tears — small tears that occur in the outer layer of the intervertebral disc can initiate severe pain. Even if the actual tissue damage is minor, and likely to repair quickly, the pain experienced may be quite severe,” said Dr Bhatia.

Numerous chemical substances are released in response to tissue irritation.  “These substances ‘stimulate’ the surrounding pain-sensitive nerve fibers, resulting in the sensation of pain.  Some of these chemicals trigger the process of inflammation, or swelling, which also contributes to the pain,” explained the doctor.

Low back pain may begin following strenuous activity or jarring trauma, but often is seemingly unrelated to a specific activity.  The pain may begin suddenly or develop gradually. Those who have to do physically demanding jobs or those with comorbidities have higher risk of getting back pain. In urban areas , people who have desktop job have high risk of developing spine disorders. Correct posture, according to Dr Pallav Bhatia  is the simplest way to prevent back pain. Exercise also helps but turning your back on it can lead to serious health complications.

If you are a patient or patient's relative and seek more information on lower back pain, send an enquiry or ask your specific question directly to Dr Pallav Bhatia, best spine surgeon in Pune. Alternatively, you can book an appointment for a face-to-face consultation on lower back pain.
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