Some help for your hurting back - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/29/09

Some help for your hurting back

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By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Do you have an aching back?  If so, you're not alone.  It's estimated that 90% of adults have back pain at some time in their lives.  Many people suffer needlessly due to so many options for getting rid of back pain even some without surgery.  For example, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Clark Gunderson explains that sciatica is a common form of lower back and leg pain, "Sciatica is when people develop pain following the sciatic nerve, which is a large nerve that comes out of the lower back and goes down the back of the thigh and down all the way to the foot.  One of the disks ruptures, it causes pressure on the nerve and these nerves then go out and go down the leg and that's the sciatic nerve".

The good news is that there are many ways to relieve that pain ranging from over the counter medication and physical therapy to lumbar epidural steroid injections.  Floyd Burton had an injection for sciatica in January and is still feeling great today, "I'm back to playing golf and I do some stuff in the yard...I don't do a lot in the yard, but I do some things in the yard".

Aside from pain, other symptoms of sciatica can include numbness, tingling, or muscle spasms in the lower back or leg.

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