Chronic Back Pain Causes, Symptoms and Relief
Are you one of the millions of Americans suffering from chronic back pain? Did you know that low back pain is the fifth most common reason for all doctor visits in the United States? Contact us today and get relief from your back pain!
Low back pain and/or upper back pain have become one of the most significant medical and socioeconomic problems in the world. Despite the overwhelming statistics on the problem, the number of chronic cases continues to grow.
Clinical Studies are emerging rapidly as the medical community strives to address this problem. Standardizing the evolution and care of low back pain patients is critical. There is a need for early, effective, target therapy for the treatment of disc injuries. We can help provide relief and possibly return you to normal lifestyle activities.
Your specific pain may come from any number of causes, it is our goal to not only find these causes, but find you relief.
Are you one of the millions of people suffering from chronic low back pain? Here are a few facts about Americans and back pain:
One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.
Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain—and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.
Experts estimate that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives.
Why does my back pain occur randomly?
Back pain is a symptom that can arise from many causes. It can range from a dull, annoying ache to absolute agony. Many cases of back pain are caused by stresses on the muscles and ligaments that support the spine. Sedentary jobs and lifestyles may create a vulnerability to this type of stress or damage. Obesity, which increases both the weight on the spine and the pressure on the discs, is another factor. Strenuous sports such as football and gymnastics can also damage the back.
What causes Low Back Pain?
Low back pain may reflect nerve or muscle irritation or bone lesions. Most low back pain follows injury or trauma to the back, but causes of low back pain may also be due to degenerative conditions such as arthritis or disc disease, osteoporosis or other bone diseases, viral infections, irritation to joints and discs, or congenital abnormalities in the spine. Obesity, smoking, weight gain during pregnancy, stress, poor physical condition, posture inappropriate for the activity being performed, and poor sleeping position also may contribute to low back pain.
When you get injured or have surgery, you expect to hurt for a while, but you know that in time, you'll heal and the pain will leave. If you have a medical condition — from arthritis to heart disease to shingles - you recognize discomfort as a symptom and trust that treatment will help. While you wait for your body to mend, pain medication provides relief.
Chronic pain is different. Sometimes, it's an aftereffect of an injury that appears to have healed. Sometimes, it's a lingering symptom of a past illness. And in some cases, chronic pain develops out of the blue, with no link to trauma or disease. However you try to explain it, chronic pain is something of a mystery. Tests and examinations may uncover nothing abnormal, but your body's distress is real. Click here to learn more about chronic back pain and pain management
Who is most likely to develop low back pain?
Nearly everyone has low back pain sometime. Men and women are equally affected. It occurs most often between ages 30 and 50, due in part to the aging process but also as a result of sedentary life styles with too little (sometimes punctuated by too much) exercise. The risk of experiencing low back pain from disc disease or spinal degeneration increases with age.
Is spine surgery right for you?
When conservative methods for low back pain are not successful, and your impairment or disability gets worse, then it may be time to consider spine surgery.
The most common spine operation performed is a surgical discectomy (removal of a herniated disc. Although there are many less invasive and minimally invasive procedures available the hard truth is that the standard surgical discectomy, utilizing operating telescopes (not operating microscope) and fiber optic headlight illumination remains the most effective and cost effective treatment modality.
What is an artificial disc?
The discs in your spine are a soft cushioning structure that are located between the individual bones of the spine, also called “vertebra.” They are made of cartilage-type tissue and consists of an outer portion, called the annulus, and an inner portion, called the nucleus. In most cases, these disc are flexible enough to allow your spine to bend. An artificial disc (also known as disc replacement, disc prosthesis or a spine arthroplasty device) is implanted into your spine and is meant to imitate the functions of your normal discs.