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How to alleviate chronic back pain?

I have been experiencing back pain that I have been told that I have a lot of arthriris activity going on in my back. I also think maybe by sciatic nerve has been giving me problems. I haven t been able to walk without help for the last couple of weeks. My question is what can I do to help ease the pain in my back. I also was in a car wreck 5 days ago which just really aggravated the situation
Fri, 8 Dec 2017
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Dear patient
There are many reasons for chronic back pain and therefore different treatment. As you said you have got arthritic changes in your back which mostly is in facet joints xray will confirm diagnosis. I would advise xray of lumbo sacral spine anteroposterior and lateral views to confirm diagnosis. If facet joints are the culprit nerve blocks and ablation is very helpful in pain relief. If that is not the case MRI of the lumbo sacral spine is very sensitive and specific for diagnosis of spine pathology. Please get it done from radiology centre nearby you. You need to consult pain care specialist with reports.
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