Spine Symptoms

Chronic back pain and the disability it causes are becoming more problematic in our society. Common spine problems may also cause radiating pain in other parts of the body such as the leg, as associated with lumbar disc prolapse or nerve root pain/stenosis.

The majority of patients with acute spinal pain can be managed in the primary care setting. A small number of patients have significant pathology such as tumours, fractures, infections and cauda equina lesions that require prompt diagnosis and specialist management.

Following appropriate triage and assessment the majority of patients can be managed with advice and analgesia, formal physiotherapy treatment is rarely required. 15% of patients will develop chronic pain and will require more specialised treatment. Research shows that the sooner this treatment is commenced the better patients react, in some patients who have not responded spinal stabilisation surgery to improve their symptoms maybe appropriate.

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