Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mesotherapy for the Treatment of Lower Back Pain


Lower back pain is a common musculoskeletal disorder, which affects the lumbar segment of the spine. It can be either acute, subacute or chronic in nature.  As it is essentially musculoskeletal disorder, mesotherapy can be useful for treating this type of disorder as students of the Pinewood mesotherapy course soon discover.



Most people feel pain in the lower back that can radiate to the knees, shoulders, neck and hip.  There may be stiffness in the morning upon awakening. 



Causes Of Lower Back Pain



Sometimes lower back pain occurs simply as a matter of muscle strain or less muscle strength due to aging.



An acute lower back injury may be caused by a traumatic event, like a car accident or a fall. In acute cases, the structures damaged will more than likely be soft tissue like muscles, ligaments and tendons. With a serious accident or due to osteoporosis or other causes of weakened vertebral bones, vertebral fractures in the lumbar spine may also occur. At the lowest end of the spine, some patients may have tailbone pain or pain in the sacroiliac joint at the bottom of the lumbar spine. This is called sacroiliac joint dysfunction.



Chronic lower back pain usually sets in over a long period of time. Physical causes may include osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, degeneration of the discs between the vertebrae, or a spinal disc herniation. Cancer is a rare cause of lower back pain.
Other possible causes of lower back pain are having one leg shorter than the other, sprains of ligaments, rheumatoid arthritis,  bone or spinal tumors, Paget’s disease, depression, repetitive strain and poor posture. 


Care and Treatment



Pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol may be prescribed to help deal with the pain. A mesotherapist can inject anti-inflammatory and pain relieving medications directly into the area that is afflicted to relax and soothe the muscles and ligaments of the spine. 

Mesotherapy is useful for the management  of  both acute and chronic lower back pain.


Applying ice packs alternating with hot packs can also help the condition, especially if used in conjunction with mesotherapy.

The goal of mesotherapy is not only to alleviate pain and swelling but also to help the patient defer the necessity for more invasive measures such as lumbar surgery. This type of surgery is performed if nerve damage causes loss of bladder control and other measures.

The most common types of low back surgery include microdiscectomy, discectomy, laminectomy, foraminotomy, or spinal fusion. Another less invasive surgical technique consists of an implantation of a spinal cord stimulator and typically is used for severe pain.



Prognosis       


Typically, the symptoms of low back pain do show significant improvement within two to three months from its onset. However, lower back pain does tend to be recurrent and become chronic once a person has experienced one episode of it.  The mesotherapy treatments taught in The Pinewood mesotherapy course can be of some assistance to those who suffer from this very common condition.

For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and information about upcoming training sessions, please go www.pinewoodinstitute.com.  You can also send us an email using our email form at http://pinewoodinstitute.com/contact.aspx or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer to fax the number is 416-656-8107.

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