These days, finding common ground is more important than ever. There are plenty of shared interests and experiences that a simple conversation can reveal, and unfortunately, back pain is something that people from all backgrounds can relate to.
Statistically speaking, eight out of ten people will suffer from back pain at some point in their life, and ongoing back pain is something that millions of people are going through at any one time. The variable in our shared experience is the cause of the pain: it can arise from many different sources.
Here is a quick rundown of the most common causes of back pain:
Issues with the Spine
When we’re suffering from back pain, the first thought is that it’s being caused by something that’s gone wrong in the spine. The list of spine issues includes:
- Herniated or slipped discs – The vertebral discs that lie between your vertebrae can slip out of place or suffer damage that allows their soft center to bulge out. In both cases, disc material can come into contact with nerves and cause pain. These discs can also bulge as a result of wear and tear, and though this doesn’t generally cause the same type of pain as a herniated or slipped disc, it can still lead to discomfort.
- Degenerative disc disease – This is a common problem that comes with aging. It is a result of the vertebral discs wearing down, shrinking or tearing, and the impact is that the bones that the disc is supposed to be cushioning ends up coming into contact with one another.
- Sacroiliac joint damage or inflammation: The area where your pelvis and spine come together is responsible for carrying a good deal of your body’s weight, and when it starts to wear down or becomes inflamed as a result of infection, pregnancy, or arthritis it can lead to significant discomfort.
- Spinal stenosis: When you feel numbness in your legs and shoulders it is generally a result of a narrowing of the spinal canal known as spinal stenosis. This condition is generally associated with aging.
- Pinched nerve: This is also known as cervical radiculopathy, and it is generally caused by either a problem with one of the discs or a bone spur coming from one of the vertebrae or facet joints.
- Spondylolisthesis: The spine is made up of a series of vertebral bones that are stacked on top of one another. Spondylolisthesis refers to a displacement of one of those bones. This type of displacement can impact the discs or cause pain on their own.
In addition to pain being caused by issues with the structure of the spine, there can also be pain caused by strains and spasms of the muscles that are located in the back. This type of pain is generally acute rather than chronic, and goes away in a matter of a week or so. A sudden spasm can usually be addressed through massage or stretching. This type of pain is usually a result of an accident or injury, and it can also involve fractures of the bones in the back.
At Progressive Spine and Orthopaedics, every client receives the highest level of personalized care, along with the custom treatment guidance they need to successfully resolve their condition.