This edition: Dealing with Chronic Back and Leg Pain
First aired: January 17, 2017.
There are many causes of chronic pain. Accidents, injuries, degenerative diseases, prior surgeries, even the normal aging process. Many people with chronic back and leg pain have arthritis, or they may have extra wear and tear of the spine due to strenuous activities. Other possible causes can include a curvature of the spine, or medical issues such as fibromyalgia. Those over 30 years of age can be at greater risk for chronic back and leg pain, as well as those who are overweight. Sometimes, the exact cause cannot be determined. Physicians may recommend physical therapy and rehabilitation measures. If pain persists, medication may be needed. Spinal surgery may be recommended if there is mechanical instability. And in some patients, a spinal cord stimulator (SCS) can help reduce back pain. In this program, we will explore the lifestyle and social challenges that can result from chronic back and leg pain. We will also hear from patients who have had a great deal of success in treating their pain symptoms.