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Are My Back-Pain Symptoms Serious – When to Seek Back Surgery?

Backaches can be caused by many reasons. Injuries, age, overuse, and tumours can all cause patients to experience severe pain in their back (spinal) regions. In most cases, people suffer from backaches because of injuries and overuse. For example, workers who overuse their backs for long periods (while sitting still at desks) often experience these pains. The same applies to older adults. Their spinal discs deteriorate in quality and brush against the spinal nerves to cause immense pain. These symptoms of backaches and pain are normal. However, some symptoms of backaches can indicate more serious conditions. People suffering from “abnormal” symptoms of backaches must get examined by medical professionals.

What are Abnormal Symptoms of Spinal Pain?

Here are some back-pain symptoms that are “abnormal” in nature. Patients who experience rapid weight loss along with backaches may have cancer. Patients who experience severe fevers along with backaches may be suffering from bacterial or viral infections (e.g., bacterial sepsis). Lastly, patients who experience numbness in their spinal regions may have complicated spinal nerve compression issues. People with spine compression issues also experience abnormal bowel/urinary movements (e.g., inability to hold stool). It’s normal for patients to oversee these symptoms at first. But, when these abnormal symptoms become chronic, addressing them as quickly as possible is critical.

How to Treat Abnormal Symptoms of Spinal Pain

Patients who experience these “abnormal” symptoms for three or more weeks must get diagnosed by orthopaedists. These doctors review the patient’s back-pain symptoms [อาการปวดหลัง, which is the term in Thai]. They also review their medical histories, perform physical examinations, X-rays, and MRIs. Depending on the results of these tests/reviews, doctors create customized treatment plans. Patients with nerve compression issues typically receive drug therapy. Anti-inflammatory drugs help them deal with nerve pain. Patients with less severe pain may receive treatment without drugs. Physical therapy, for instance, is a good way of stretching and strengthening back muscles. The last and the least common treatment option is spinal surgery.

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