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 Low Back Pain ( 1st - 17th Nov )
 Oct 30th - Sep 12th 2011 
Lower Back Pain

Low back pain is one of the most common pain disorders today. It is a chronic condition characterized by a persistent dull or sharp pain per the lower back. It afflicts 80% of the adult population some time or other in their lives.

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Dr. Benedict Peng
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Orthopaedic Surgery, Singapore General Hospital
Ms. Karen Koh
Senior Principal Physiotherapist
Singapore General Hospital

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Posted by vincenttan
Dear Doctor
I am 28 years old. Six months ago I started having severe cramps in my left leg and back, which kept me in bed for one whole weeks. Eventually the cramps disappeared but I was left with constant numbness and tingling in my left calf and foot. X-rays confirmed a problem with my sciatic nerve. Can you tell me what to do to relieve the constant ache and numbness in my calf and foot? Also, my lower back has been weak and I am unable to resume a regular exercise program. Can i still play basketball?
Vincent :(
Answered by
Based on your description, it is possible that you have a pinched nerve (nerve compression). Conservative treatment will consist of physiotherapy and pain-killers.

Exercises that strengthen your abdominal and lower back muscles are helpful. You can still play basketball, but you should stop if it causes you pain or do it in moderation.

If your symptoms persist, you should consult a doctor. Further investigations such MRI scans may help elucidate the condition.
- Answered by Dr. Benedict Peng
Posted by sieweng55
Dear Sir, my colleague is 56 years old and she is suffering from severe back pain for the past 3 years. According to her MRI report, there is a bruised on her spine from C2 to C7, and damage on the spinal cord. She had consulted the local doctors, and took pills regularly. She also tried massaging and physiotherapy, but it didn’t help.

Should my colleague go for a surgery? Is it safe to have a surgery at the age of 56? Kindly advise.
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It is difficult to determine if your colleague needs surgery based on MRI report alone. Based on the report, if there is spinal cord damage, she should be seen by a Spine Specialist to check her signs and symptoms and interpret her MRI scans accordingly. 

If she requires surgery, the specialist will be able to advise. Before proceeding with surgery, investigations will be performed to determine if she is fit for operation.
- Answered by Dr. Benedict Peng
Posted by miki
My sister-in-law is pregnant. She is currently in her second trimester and she complains of too much back pain. What could be the reason for the back pain she is facing? Is this back pain so serious that it should be treated by medication or this is common during the pregnancy?
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About 80% of pregnant women have back pain. The expanding uterus shifts the weight of the body and stretches and weakens the abdominal muscles, changing the posture and putting strain on the back.

The increased weight also means the muscles have to work harder and the joints are also stressed. Also hormonal changes during pregnancy loosen the joints and ligaments causing pain on movement, standing and sitting for long periods. Appropriate rest, standard back exercises and medication can help with the pain.

- Answered by Dr. Benedict Peng
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