BACK PAIN IS ONE OF THE MOST COMMON CONDITIONS IN AUSTRALIA AND CAUSES A POOR QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THOSE WHO SUFFER FROM IT. HOWEVER, ONLY A FEW CAUSES OF BACK PAIN ACTUALLY REQUIRE SURGERY.
At OrthoRegen®, we focus on diagnosing the underlying cause of your back pain. We do not just “treat your scan” as these rarely tell the whole story. We undertake a thorough history and comprehensive examination including a full bio-mechanical assessment. You may also require radiological imaging to further evaluate your condition.
You can be confident that we take your back pain seriously and want you to achieve pain relief, reduction and cessation in the use of pain medication and improvement in your quality of life.
COMMON CAUSES OF BACK PAIN
Osteoarthritis is caused by the gradual wear and tear of joint cartilage in the facet joints of the spine. This is usually caused by instability and weakness of the supportive structures around your lumbar spine. Osteoarthritis can cause chronic lower back pain, stiffness and reduced movement.
Discs are found lying between two vertebra and act as a cushion between the bones. Due to a twisting or lifting injury, or when these discs are damaged, they can bulge out of their space and cause nerve compression or impingement. This can cause excruciating pain, weakness and reduced sensation down the legs. Disc bulge, prolapse or herniation is usually a symptom of an underlying cause which needs to be treated effectively to minimise the chance of recurrence and progression to osteoarthritis.
SACROILIAC JOINT DYSFUNCTION
The sacroiliac joints are found where your pelvic bones meet your lower spine, or sacrum. These joints are a common site of pain and dysfunction, particularly in women during or after pregnancy. Sacroiliac joint instability is often an overlooked cause for lumbar spine issues and lower back pain. We employ our regenerative medicine treatments to strengthen the important ligamentous structures whose role is to support and maintain stability of the sacroiliac joints.
Muscular issues relating to lower back pain are common as the muscles become overworked, inflamed and tired from taking on the role of stabilising the spine when joints, ligaments and discs are diseased or not functioning correctly.
DIAGNOSING YOUR BACK PAIN
What our traditional medical training doesn't teach us is how pain and damage to joints occurs. We believe that most degenerative joint conditions begin with micro-injuries to the supporting ligaments around joints. These repeated micro-injuries to the ligaments then cause instability. Instability sets off a cascade of events which over time causes strain, activation or de-activation of the back muscles, degeneration of cartilage in the joints, stress and dysfunction on the vertebral discs and inflammation of the surrounding nerves.
Treating one pain generator is usually not sufficient or successful. This is not how the spine, and other areas of the body work. We treat the Functional Spinal Unit with our OrthoRegen® therapies which aims to target all the structures likely to be involved. With our special bio-mechanical assessments, we can identify if your back is also related to other areas of concern, such as your lower limbs. Our priority is to always assess our patients in the most thorough and comprehensive way, to identify the root cause of the problem causing the symptoms. Achieving the correct diagnosis enables us to then provide you with the most effective treatment options for your condition.
TREATING YOUR BACK PAIN
Our main focus is utilising our treatments and rehabilitation programs towards healing the root cause of your injury or condition without the need for surgery. We apply the most up-to-date cutting-edge and innovative therapies to relieve your pain and promote improved function and healing. Our precise, image guided injection treatments together with our non-surgical techniques will focus on treating the underlying cause of your condition.
We don’t believe in a quick fix, one-size fits all approach. Instead, we treat all the structures involved in your condition and enjoy working with our patients to achieve the best outcomes to help them return to normal function and a healthier lifestyle as quickly as possible.