Pulsations TV Septembre 2015 - Pour soulager les douleurs lombaires et permettre aux patients de reprendre le contrôle de leur dos, le moyen le plus efficace, c’est bouger.

Treating pain

Tailored to suit you

Most pain is relieved satisfactorily by combining: 

  • drugs
  • physiotherapy, massages, application of heat / cold
  • relaxation, hypnosis
  • psychotherapy
  • techniques to deaden or stimulate the nerve

Numerous drugs exist that are capable of efficiently relieving the pain (paracetamol, anti-inflammatory drugs, opiates, etc.). The treatment depends on the cause of the pain, how bad it is and what kind of pain it is, and should take into account any previous history.

Your discharge

How should you prepare for your discharge?

It is possible that you will be discharged as early as the second day after the operation at 11 a.m. It is preferable that one of your family members be present for your return home. They can also accompany you over the next few days to your appointments.

Depending on your health status, the doctor may prescribe a home carer (for cleaning, meals, etc.) in collaboration with the Geneva Home Assistance Institution (Institution genevoise de maintien à domicile (imad))

Pulsations TV Septembre 2015 - Comme chaque jour depuis un mois, Dora se rend à l’hôpital Beau-Séjour aux Hôpitaux universitaires de Genève pour soigner son mal de dos chronique.

Division of internal medicine for the elderly - Trois-Chêne


Mission of the Trois-Chêne Rehabilitation and Internal Medicine

  • The SMIR-Trois-Chêne Division of Rehabilitation and Internal Medicine conducts clinical, education and research activities in the Department of Rehabilitation and Geriatrics. The Head of Division and two high level senior physicians in the division are Internal Medicine Specialists.
  • The SMI-R provides care for elderly patients who require acute care in rehabilitation and general internal medicine that most often involves complex comorbidities.
  • The SMI-R has a Continuing Care Unit (CCU) to closely monitor and provide treatments adapted to patients in the most acute situations. The SMI-R works very closely with the Bone Diseases Division within a care unit to provide post-fracture rehabilitation in the area of geriatric orthopedics.
  • In general, the rehabilitation framework at Trois-Chêne, which includes physiotherapy and occupational therapy, is available to patients in need in order to provide quality in a recovery and a return to independence.


I have a pain in my buttock extending to the thigh, is this normal?

Pain that starts in the lower back and radiates to the buttock and down the leg is a sign of sciatica. It is due to compression of the sciatic nerve. In severe cases your physician may prescribe physiotherapy sessions.

Practical advice:

  • Rest, leaning back supported by cushions
  • Hot baths