Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Help for Bad Back

Tuesday, 17 January 2012 09:44 AM

Question: I have lots of back issues, and lots of pain. I’ve been diagnosed with a leaking disk, degenerative disk, bulging disk, etc. I’m only 50 and I want to stay active, but the painkillers make me very tired. What can I do besides rest?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

Multilevel disc disease can be very effectively managed in the hands of a skilled physician using appropriate ancillary services with physical and occupation therapists. Avoid seeking unregulated unsupervised care from medical personnel who do not maintain hospital privileges. The absence of admitting privileges is a yellow flag, and often means you are entering a setting where unconventional, expensive, and ineffective therapies will be sold to you, Sometimes we need to add pain management services with additional therapy via an anesthesiologist for local blocks and non-invasive management until your back condition is corrected. Surgical management of multi-level disc disease is very uncommonly needed with modern modalities available, but will be considered only if your spinal cord is at risk or nerve function is at risk of permanent loss.

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