New Delhi: Doctors at the AIIMS have managedto cure critical cases of chronic back pain where surgery wasclaimed to be the only treatment, by just using physiotherapy.
The commonest cause of low back pain is wear and tear in thelower vertebrae. The pain can spread to the buttocks, thigh, and mayradiate into the foot and toe. The sciatic nerve is the mostcommonly affected nerve, causing symptoms of sciatica. Thishappens due to general wear and tear, due to jobs that requireconstant sitting and especially those which require lifting."The usual mode of treatment is medication, physiotherapyand finally when there is no relief patient is advisedsurgery," an orthopaedic with the AIIMS said. The study was conducted in 45 patients in the age groupof 18-35 years. All were advised surgery. Some were manuallabourers and others were into desk jobs. "Majority of them had a wrong notion that medicines curethe disease and physiotherapy is only an added treatment anddoes not affect the disease process. But little did theyrealise that most of the medicines are pain-killers," DrChandra said. He said that physiotherapy works as it strengthens theback muscles and prevents progression of the disease. "Ninety five percent of the patients showed improvement.Surgery should only be considered as a last resort after alltreatments have been tried. It has been found even aftersurgery there is not much relief from the pain," he said.Bureau Report
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