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    What Is a Vertebral Compression Fracture?

    Last updated 5 years ago

    If your pain management doctor diagnoses you with a vertebral compression fracture, it means a vertebra in your spine has suffered breakage. With this type of fracture, the vertebra collapses. This can result in significant back pain that is often debilitating. However, some patients experience no symptoms initially, and then begin to notice back pain that gradually worsens, particularly during walking. A vertebral compression fracture can also lead to a hunched over posture, which places pressure on the spinal cord and can cause additional complications, such as numbness, weakness, and mobility problems.

    The leading cause of vertebral compression fractures is osteoporosis, or the loss of bone density. If you have osteoporosis, simple actions such as sneezing or coughing can result in compression fractures. These types of fractures may also be caused by a physical injury that exerts excessive force on the spine.

    The appropriate course of treatment for a compression fracture depends on your unique condition. At Pain Specialists of Orange County, our doctors will customize a treatment plan for you. Please call us today at (888) 699-1334 or visit our website for more information. Since 2002, our practice has proudly served residents of the Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, and Irvine areas.

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    Tips for Preventing Back Pain

    Last updated 5 years ago

    If you’ve been struggling with back pain, your pain management doctor may recommend strategies for increasing the amount of support your spine receives. By strengthening your core muscles, or your abdominal muscles, you can facilitate spinal support. Exercise also helps you lose excess weight. Carrying too much weight in the abdominal region can contribute to back pain because it places additional stress on the spine.

    Watch this video for some helpful advice on core muscle strengthening exercises. You’ll see a physical trainer demonstrate how to use a stability ball to perform crunches and sit-ups.

    Those who live in the Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, or Irvine areas are encouraged to seek back pain relief at Pain Specialists of Orange County. Please call us at (888) 699-1334 with any questions you might have.

    Causes of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

    Last updated 5 years ago

    When you experience back pain, a pain management doctor is almost certain to recommend conservative treatment methods first. You may undergo a series of epidural injections, for example, or other non-surgical methods of pain relief such as cryoanalgesia and percutaneous disc decompression. If these treatments are insufficient to relieve your symptoms, your pain management specialist may refer you to a back surgeon. Unfortunately, sometimes not even spine surgery is enough to alleviate back pain. Failed back surgery syndrome refers to the recurrence or persistence of symptoms after a recovery from surgery.

    Inappropriate Patient Selection

    Most often, the inappropriate referral of patients to a spine surgeon is the cause of failed back surgery syndrome. Your spine is an intricate, complex part of your anatomy, and quite often, back-related conditions can mimic the symptoms of others. For example, piriformis syndrome may be mistaken for sciatica and pain from sacroiliac joint dysfunction is quite similar to symptoms of a lumbar disc herniation. This is one reason why it’s critical to receive an accurate diagnosis prior to surgical intervention, and why pain management doctors emphasize the importance of conservative treatments such as nerve blocks before attempting invasive treatments.

    Disc Herniation

    If you’ve undergone a discectomy or microdiscectomy spine surgery to treat a herniated disc, there is a risk of failed back surgery syndrome if you experience a recurring herniated disc. Initially after the surgery and recovery, you’ll likely enjoy noticeable back pain relief, followed by an abrupt recurrence of pain.

    Surgical Error

    Unfortunately, mistakes during surgery can sometimes happen. Occasionally, the spine surgery may operate on the incorrect disc or vertebra, or a fragment of bone may have been missed. If a bone fragment is left behind after surgery, it can compress nearby nerves, leading to pain.

    A personalized treatment plan from Pain Specialists of Orange County can help you get back on your feet. Please call us at (888) 699-1334 to schedule an appointment with one of our leading pain management doctors. We offer convenient locations in Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and Irvine.


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