Review for Lower Back Pain

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 135 lbs
  • 5' 0"
  • Georgia
  • Injury Status Recovering
  • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
  • Chronicity 18+ Months
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Additional Diagnosis/Symptoms Osteoarthritis (arthritis), Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Facet Syndrome/Sprain, Spondylolisthesis, Compression fracture

Treatment Ratings

    Epidural, TENS/Electrical Stimulation, Spinal Fusion Surgery, Ultrasound Therapy, Strengthening Exercises, Other, Stretching, Heat, Brace, Rest, Ice, Oral corticosteroids
    Not Improved
    Cortisone Injection, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs

Had several falls over the years, complicated by congenital degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis. For several years I went through a series of treatments including physical therapies, cortisone I ejections, heat, cold, rest, stretching, TENS, a variety of oral medications. For a time it seemed some interventions gave me some relief... all temporary. My symptoms worsened, slightly at first then drastically. Four of my lower Lumbar discs crumbled, leaving me in excruciating, uncontrollable agony. Surgery was my only option. January of 1999 the expert surgeons at Hughston in Columbus, Georgia removed my destroyed discs and replaced them with titanium cages in a frontal procedure. I was placed in a plaster cast from armpits to hips for six months with many restrictions. The cast was to keep me from attempting activities my body was not ready for until the healing was complete. I followed doctors directives completely! My follow up time of therapies, exercises, etc. Were not always pleasant, but all beneficial. I have very little, if any discomfort in that area. It was a miracle for me. Now, the remainder of my spine is a different story! I suffer every day from multiple afflictions. I am under the care of a pain management physician who diligently works with me in multiple ways to help me have relief.

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