Back pain affects people from all walks of life and does not discriminate based on age, race, gender, religion or political affiliation. According to recent research by the Mayo Clinic, approximately 80% of all Americans will have low back pain at least once in their lives and is the second most common cause of disability worldwide. Back pain is also one of the most common reasons for missed work and the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, behind only upper-respiratory infections. Americans spend at least $50 Billion each year on back pain alone. In order to understand and treat back pain, we must be able to pinpoint the causes. Here are six culprits for most back and neck pain and they are more common than you may think.
Sprains and strains are the least severe and the easiest to treat of the sources of back and neck pain. These injuries occur during instances of overexertion or hyperextension of the muscles in your back. Treatment focuses on therapy that helps heal and stretch the painful muscles and medications that can help with inflammation or pain.
Facet pain tends to lurk around the corner when you least expect it. For instance, when you bend down to tie your shoe you may suddenly be unable to move due to an excruciating pain radiating through your spine.
The underlying issue may be within your discs where they may be herniated or bulging. This can lead to pinching of the nerves that lie within small spaces- a condition known as spinal stenosis. Fractures will cause pain in the spine when an occurrence places too much stress on your spine, injuring the fragile bone.
These can lead tenderness deep within your hips and lower back where these joints and surrounding muscles can inflame, impinging nerves or worse.
With age or stress on the spine, your discs lose water and in turn, you lose crucial shock absorption for your body. This makes you susceptible to injury as your spine takes the brunt of your weight when you jump or fall.
These are all scary conditions and many people don’t know the steps to take if one of these problems happens to arise. Luckily, there are doctors that are educated in diagnosing and treating every one of these conditions. Deuk Spine Institute employs a team of physicians that fights back when pain tries to take over your life. Many patients don't need surgery to experience relief. Book an appointment to get to the root of your pain.