What to do when back pain strikes!

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Mark Kerner, MD

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 21 million people visited their doctor due to back problems in 2006. This number isn’t out of the ordinary. In fact, back pain is a normal part of aging.

“As the spine ages, people can and should expect episodes of back pain,” said Mark Kerner, MD, orthopedic spine surgeon at Bon Secours Maryview. “As we get older, we become stiff, and the body changes according to body type, genetics and the effort made to stay healthy.”

Staying in good shape, maintaining proper weight and being physically active helps keep the back strong and healthy.

To decrease frequency and severity of back pain, practice yoga, lose weight and use proper biomechanics, such as bending at the knees to lift heavy objects.

Yet despite undertaking these measures, some people still experience back pain. While it can deter you from normal activity, it’s important to do minor stretching and avoid lying down because of discomfort.

Typically, the course of treatment for back pain is a combination of medications, injections and physical therapy to calm the body while it heals itself. When surgery is necessary, there are various types of surgical options for differing ailments. Physicians look for the least invasive surgical options with the fastest recovery times.

The Anthem Blue Distinction Awards recently recognized Bon Secours Maryview’s Orthopedic Institute for Orthopedic Excellence for Spine Surgery.

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