Bacteria causes chronic back pain

9 May 2013

Antibiotics may cure crippling back pain, according to new research conducted by Danish scientist Hanne Albert and a team of experts.

The study has revealed that bacteria is a common cause of prolonged, severe back ache. A three month course of antibiotics may be enough to cure the infection. Extensive treatment is required as discs in the spine have little to no blood supply, so antibiotics take much longer to kill ache-inducing bacteria.

Antibiotics may not be for everyone, however - slipped discs may warrant a more invasive form of treatment. Researchers say medicine could be used to treat up to 40 per cent of patients suffering from severe back pain, which equates to about half a million Britons. It is estimated that 80 per cent of the UK’s population is affected by chronic lower back pain at some point in their life.

If you are suffering from long-term back pain, consider a one-off back pain investigation to determine if antibiotics or surgery will resolve the problem.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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