KTTU "In Focus," 3/20/11, 10:30 AM; KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," 4/10/11, 7:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Dr. Eric Sipos, Medical Director, Carondelet Neurological Institute.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, 75-to-80 percent of people in the U.S. will be affected by back pain at some point in their lives.

Sipos says 70-percent of back pain is related to the spine. He says Weak back and abdominal muscles may not properly support the spine. He says there are many new, minimally-invasive surgical remedies for back pain and spine problems. He says people don't have to live with the pain anymore.  

Sipos says x-rays and MRIs are commonly used to determine the cause of back pain. He says most low back pain can be treated without surgery. Treatment, he says, involves the use of analgesics, reducing inflammation, restoring proper function and strength to the back, and preventing recurrence of the injury. He says minimally-invasive surgery may be prescribed. He says through the use of robotics, surgeons can perform more delicate and precise procedures. And, compared with typical open surgery, he says smaller incisions are needed.  He says this means quicker healing and a shorter recovery period.

Sipos says recurring back pain resulting from improper body mechanics or other non-traumatic causes is often preventable. He says a combination of exercises that don't jolt or strain the back, maintaining correct posture, and lifting objects properly can help prevent injuries.