Back pain? Read this before you get surgery.

Some patients can beat it by taking anti-bacterials

CREATED May. 14, 2013

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 WFTX - A new discovery has found up to 40% percent of chronic lower back pain is caused by a bacterial infection.

 
Researchers say say when a disk slips, it allows bacteria to enter the spine.
 
They found, by treating the infection with an antibiotic, the pain went away for many patients.
 
"These people suffer, constantly, they have constant pain, so this is a very cheap treatment, it's very, very efficient, and the alternative is a life on pain killers," said one researcher. 
 
Doctors say their only concern is that patients could eventually become resistant to antibiotics --  making them inefficient.