The back pain may seem like arthritis or the aches and pains of aging. People often think it's a disc problem or muscle strain. Many people don't even get examined because either they -- or their family members -- don't realize what the problem is. But often back pain among older adults is caused by a spinal compression fracture.
Only your doctor can diagnose a spinal compression fracture. To determine what's wrong, your doctor may ask questions such as:
How long have you had the back pain?
Other medicines may be used along with anesthesia, such as ones to help you relax or to reverse the effects of anesthesia.
What are the types of anesthesia?
Local anesthesiaLocal anesthesia numbs a small part of the body for minor procedures. For example, you may get a shot of medicine directly into the surgical area to block pain. You may stay awake during the procedure.
Peripheral nerve blocks. This is
a shot of anesthetic to block pain
around a specific nerve or group of nerves. Blocks are often used
for procedures on the hands, arms, feet, legs, or face.
and spinal anesthesia. This is a shot of anesthetic near the spinal cord and
the nerves that connect to it. It blocks pain from an entire region of the
body, such as the belly, hips, or legs.
General anesthesiaGeneral anesthesia affects your brain and the rest of your body. You may get anesthesia through a vein (intravenously, or IV), or you
may breathe it in. With this kind, you're unaware and don't feel pain during the surgery. You may also forget the surgery and the time right after it.
What determines the type of anesthesia used?
The type of anesthesia used depends on several things:
Your past and current health. This includes other surgeries you have had and the health problems you
have, such as
heart disease or
diabetes. Tell your doctor if you or any
family members have had an allergic reaction to anesthetics or
The type of surgery. For example, you may need general anesthesia to ensure your comfort and safety during certain types of surgery.
Your doctor or nurse may prefer one type of anesthesia over
another for your surgery. In some cases, your doctor or nurse may let you
choose which type to have. Sometimes, such as in an emergency, you don't get