Three Common Spine Pain Culprits

There’s a statistic out there about back pain, and how common it is. It cites the fact that 80% of adults will experience spine pain at some point in their lives, and people toss it off as though somehow that makes things better. It’s almost as if they think that it’s because it’s something that everybody goes through, that it shouldn’t bother you as much.

The truth is that back pain can hurt — a lot. Severe pain robs you of your quality of life and eliminates your ability to engage in your normal day-to-day activities. 

If you’re experiencing back pain that doesn’t go away within a few days, there’s no reason to suffer in silence. The sooner you get yourself to a spine specialist in New Jersey who can identify the cause of your problem, the sooner you’ll have a treatment plan that will provide you with relief.

At our practice, we see patients suffering from a wide range of physical issues that cause their neck or back pain, but here are some of the most common conditions that we treat:

1. Sciatica

Sciatica is a condition that has different presentations in different people. For some it feels like a dull ache in their hip, while others experience it as an electrical shock running from their lower back all the way down to their foot. The pain comes from a herniated disc, bone spur or some other physical pressure being put on the large nerve that runs from your lower back all the way down your leg.

Though some sciatica can be treated with exercise and physical therapy, for others the best solution is minimally invasive surgery that eliminates the physical pressure on the nerve. This usually means removing part of a herniated disc or the bony growths that can appear on the facet joints of the vertebrae as we age.

2. Spinal Stenosis

This is a narrowing of the space in the spine through which the spinal cord and nerves run. As the space becomes smaller, it is more likely for herniated discs or bony overgrowth to come into contact with the spinal cord and cause pain in either the lower back or neck.

The most common solution for this problem is a surgical procedure known as a laminectomy with fusion in which the part of the bone that is causing pressure is removed and the adjacent vertebrae are fused together to add stability.

3. Spondylolisthesis

This condition is a degenerative condition. It is usually a result of wear and tear on the body, though injury and bone disease can also be at fault. Patients who have this condition have spinal bones that push forward, putting additional pressure on the bone below. This results in severe pain and stiffness.

Though this condition can respond to therapy and exercise, there are some patients for whom the best answer is to fuse the bones in order to provide them with stability.

The only way to know what is causing your pain is to get a diagnosis from an experienced, knowledgeable spine specialist. Contact us today to set up an appointment to come in and see our compassionate physicians.

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