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Dr. Waqas Mehdi

Back Pain Specialist / Spine Specialist

Best Spine Surgeon doctor in Lahore, Pakistan

Our daily activities leave little or no time for our body to relax and heal itself. Improper sitting habits, wrong posture in standing, sudden movements, jerks, or accidents affect our backs the most. Back aches are the most common complaints we hear everyday. While some spine problems go away with proper care, some may require surgery for a permanent solution. Choosing the right treatment is vital, Dr. Waqas Mehdi is best doctor for backpain, backache and spine/spinal treatment at affordable rates.

Back Pain & Spinal Discs FAQ

Back pain is one of the most common ailments; approximately 80% of the adult population will develop a significant episode of back pain sometime during their life. Fortunately, most of these will spontaneously resolve. However, approximately 10% to 20% will develop into significant chronic and/or recurrent episodes of back pain. Wear and tear conditions, such as degenerative arthritis and degenerative disc disease, are some of the most common causes. Low back joint restrictions and/or sacroiliac joint restrictions are also a common cause of acute low back pain. Muscle pulls and tears may also cause low back pain, but usually the symptoms from muscular causes are short-lived. Weak muscles, poor flexibility, and poor posture all aggravate underlying conditions and worsen symptoms. Uncommon causes of pain include infection, cancer, fractures, aneurysms, and/or internal organ problems.
A spinal disc is the ligamentous structure that attaches one vertebra to the next adjacent vertebra. The purpose of the disc is to allow for motion of the spine. Many people consider the disc to be a "shock absorber" between the bones of the spine. This is just one purpose of the disc. Another important function of the disc is to allow for motion in the spine. The disc is a very tough ligament that allows the spine to move in multiple directions, i.e., flexion, extension, side-bending to the right or left, rotation to the right or left, and distraction and compression along the axis of the spine. A healthy disc has a soft central portion, which is often likened to a jelly-like center. The disc itself lacks any specific blood supply or nerves within the disc. However, the outside of the disc is richly innervated with nerve fibers. These nerve fibers on the outside of the disc if stimulated or irritated can cause severe back pain.
Degenerative disc disease is basically arthritis of the disc. The disc serves as a “cushion” between the bones of the spine. With age, stress and strain disc can become arthritic and “wear out.” In this situation, these discs are termed degenerative. The first line of treatment is conservative often including anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and education on how to strengthen and stabilize the spine. Patients learn how to prevent placing great amounts of stress on the back and how to lift properly to protect the back.
Yes. Smoking accelerates the degenerative process of disc degeneration. The spinal discs do not have a naturally abundant blood supply. Smoking causes blood vessels throughout the body to become smaller, reducing the amount of blood and thus oxygen and nutrients delivered to tissues. The discs are greatly affected since they already have a poor blood supply. Smoking is linked to increased perception of pain and spinal problems.
The decision to have a MRI scan should be made by neurosurgeon doctor after a careful history and physical examination. The vast majority of patients with arm/leg or neck/back pain will improve with time by themselves without having any sort of therapy or testing. Unless there is evidence of a significant neurological deficit, waiting for several weeks is desirable prior to obtaining a MRI scan. The MRI scan and associated findings can actually lead to significant confusion in terms of patient diagnosis when done immediately. If you are, however, suffering significant weakness, problems walking, or any trouble with your bladder, an MRI is essential.
If pain is progressive, severe, and disabling, surgery is strongly considered. Numbness, tingling, and weakness are all possible signs of nerve compression and may indicate a need for surgery before nerve damage becomes permanent. Pressure on the spinal cord can be very dangerous and may require surgery. Surgery may be preventative if the spinal cord is at risk of being damaged. Surgery may also be needed if there is significant deformity of the spine.If pain is progressive, severe, and disabling, surgery is strongly considered. Numbness, tingling, and weakness are all possible signs of nerve compression and may indicate a need for surgery before nerve damage becomes permanent. Pressure on the spinal cord can be very dangerous and may require surgery. Surgery may be preventative if the spinal cord is at risk of being damaged. Surgery may also be needed if there is significant deformity of the spine.
No. Our first step is to evaluate the problem. We then look at all the options available to not only treat the pain, but resolve the issue. For most people, surgery is not the course of action i recommend. Our goal is to get people moving, without pain. If a nonsurgical option will work for the patient, I’ll make that recommendation. If someone needs surgery to treat the back or neck problem, they can count on me to provide the latest alternatives available, including minimally invasive spine surgery.

Contact Best Spine Specialist in Lahore, Pakistan

Spine Surgery deals with the complications relating to the spinal cord which require surgical treatment, namely slip disc, pressure on spinal nerves that leads to pain or weakness, and severe back pain. a spinal surgeon rectifies and treats spinal injuries and issues by performing surgeries like spinal fusion that joins spinal bones together, laminectomy, foraminotomy, discectomy, disc replacement, and interlaminar implant. Dr. Waqas Mehdi, Best Pakistani Spine surgeon, is best specialist for your spine related troubles!

Feel free to send email to contact@drwaqasmehdi.com or call at 0300 4045004 to discuss your backpain, lower back pain, disc slip, degenerative disc or any spinal cord related issue.