If you have pain in your back, chances are you are missing out on the most adventurous thing in life – you guessed it – sex.
Back pain is caused by a muscular or ligament strain. It is painful because your back has a lot of nerves coming and going out of the spine. Back pain is not caused by any serious damage or disease but it can virtually stop life altogether and most importantly, put a strain in your sex life.
Statistics show that chronic low back pain is increasing in people. A survey carried out on 4,437 households in 1992 and 5,357 households in 2006 indicates that back pain increased from 3.9% to 10.2 in the 14 years.
A study carried out by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Shane Burch, MD, from the University of California in San Francisco reports that back pain surgery can improve the sex life of patients when compared to non-surgical treatment.
869 participants with spinal stenosis and degenerative spondylolisthesis, both of which cause back pain, partook in the study. Before treatment the participants complained that back pain had affected their love live.
Out of the 869 participants, 825 of them underwent some kind of surgery to ease back pain while 294 underwent non-surgical treatment. Three months after the treatment, 20% of the patients still had back pain compared to 40% of participants who still were afflicted by back pain, indicating that surgery is better in the longer run to return the spine to normal functions.
According to the researchers, those who had undergone surgeries experienced ease and comfort in the following four years.
The researchers found that sex life is a relevant factor for patients with either disease and the treatments led to improved sex life.
Dr. Shane Burch during a press release with Wolters Kluwer says, “”Sex life is a relevant consideration for the majority of patients with degenerative spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis. Operative treatment leads to improved sex life-related pain.”
He adds, “The impetus behind our study was to initiate the process of understanding how back surgery affects patients’ lives.”
Back pain has been known to provide discomfort during sex, leading to a decrease in quality of life. Therefore, Dr. Burch suggests that doctors and professionals caring for patients with back pain should be aware of this issue and discuss it with their patients.