The Unit for Lower and Upper Back Pain, Neck Pain, Herniated Discs, and Spinal Column Injuries
Back pain is one of the most significant causes of morbidity in the population. Approximately 80% of all people suffer from at least one episode of back pain during their lifetime; 15% suffer from back pain at any given time and 2-5% suffer from chronic back pain. However, back pain is only one of the phenomena caused by spinal column injuries or diseases.
Diseases and Injuries
The Back Unit of the Hadassah Department of Orthopedics treats a wide range of back problems. These problems most commonly include degenerative conditions related to morbidity of the intervertebral discs, deterioration of the joints between spinal vertebra, and narrowing of the spinal canal. Spinal distortion (scoliosis, kyphosis), generally appearing during childhood and related to other diseases, is prevalent, but less common. As in all skeletal systems, the spinal column is exposed to trauma and tumorous growths. These and other problems are treated by the Back Unit.
Back problems are generally treated by a combination of physical therapy, physiological treatments, medication, and treatment in the pain clinic. A small percentage of patients require surgical intervention, which are performed in the unit.