How often do you find yourself sprawled on your bed or floor hoping that your back pain will subside? Perhaps you are shortly joined by your spouse and kids as everyone attempts to remain still long enough for the pain to go away. This scenario might be comical and a bit exaggerated, but it’s not exactly far-fetched. Even though chronic back pain doesn’t appear in the headlines as much as cancer and obesity, it has become so prevalent that some have deemed it America’s “biggest health problem.” The truth is that chronic back pain is serious and it can cause long periods of inactivity for you or your loved ones.
An American Problem
Chronic back pain is generally regarded as existing for six months or longer. It can range from mild and infrequent to incessant and agonizing. Symptoms of chronic back pain usually include stiffness, soreness, immobilization and discomfort in the affected area. According to a 2011 report from the Institute of Medicine, chronic back pain affects 100 million adult Americans. Regular pain is the main reason for doctor visits and it costs the country over $635 billion per year. This is more than the combined annual expenditure for cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
There are numerous causes for chronic back pain and they usually fall under four categories: caused by injury, caused by infection, caused by disease or mechanical back pain. Even though back pain is the leading cause for doctor visits, there are many who choose to wait for it to go away on its own and risk suffering from the expanded health effects it can cause. This includes stress, depression, anxiety and irregular weight changes. If you suffer from back pain and need help finding the quality of life you want, it’s time to get in touch with the spine surgeons of IGEA.
Live a Pain-Free Tomorrow
Contrary to popular belief, your back pain will not go away with prolonged periods of resting. Experts generally agree that exercise is a good and efficient way to decrease the back pain you suffer from. In some cases, however, minimally invasive spine surgery is required to experience relief.
The neurosurgery team of IGEA can offer you Spinal Cord Stimulation (Neurostimulation) to help guide you back to the life you want, rich with physical mobility. This procedure consists of implanting a pulse generator that will transmit low-voltage electrical pulses to the spinal cord to block the nerve signals responsible for pain.
If you’ve had enough of your chronic back pain, let the neurosurgeons of IGEA help you return to normality. Contact our New Jersey offices today at (908) 688-8800 to allow our highly-trained team of spine specialists to guide you through recovery.