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Chronic Back Pain Reviewed by Dr. Karl Jawhari

Dr. Karl Jawhari Reviews Back Pain: Diagnosis and Pain Management

Dr. Karl Jawhari is a licensed chiropractic doctor who specializes in providing long-lasting treatment to patients dealing with chronic pain through a combination of medical and alternative therapies. In this post, Dr. Karl Jawhari reviews back pain with a special focus on diagnosis and pain management.

Anatomy of the Spine

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To better understand how back pain is diagnosed and treated, Dr. Jawhari will first briefly talk about the anatomy of the human spine. The spine is made up of 33 vertebrae or bones (with surrounding tissues) that extend from the skull to the pelvis. These bones are subdivided into five groups: cervical (seven upper bones), thoracic (12 bones from the neck to the lower back), lumbar (five largest/strongest bones found in the lower back between the hips and chest), sacrum, and coccyx (both vertebrae are located at the base of the spine).

Back pain is caused by an injury on any one of these vertebrae, usually from accidents, sports injuries or muscle strains.

Dr. Karl Jawhari reviews back pain diagnosis

A patient dealing with back pain needs to be properly diagnosed in order to determine appropriate treatment. In general, imaging tests are requested by the doctor to identify the specific area that was injured. The three most common imaging tests are x-rays, CT scans, and MRI scans.

Usually, only one test is required at a time. Further imaging tests will only be requested if more detailed information is required to identify the patient’s specific condition. Briefly, a CT scan is requested to identify such specific conditions as spinal disc injury or herniated disc. An MRI scan, on the other hand, is often required before a surgical procedure prescribed to correct or address a back injury.

Dr. Karl Jawhari reviews pain management

Pain management for back injuries varies depending on the extent of the injury. Doctors will first prescribe non-invasive treatments to manage pain. These include physical therapy and oral anti-inflammatory and pain relief medication. In some cases, doctors will prescribe chiropractic treatment to complement the patient’s physical therapy. The patient’s imaging tests and treatment plan will be reviewed before a chiropractor applies spinal manipulation therapy on the patient. Sometimes the chiropractor will also require further imaging tests.

In cases where non-invasive therapies are not enough, surgery may be required. It’s important to discuss with your doctor both non-invasive and surgical treatment options to better understand how each approach is determined for your specific injury.

For more Dr. Karl Jawhari reviews, kindly stay tuned to this page. In the coming days, Dr. Jawhari will delve deeper into the causes, symptoms, and treatments of the back so make sure to come back soon. You are encouraged to bookmark this page to read his latest updates.