According to a recent study performed by The American Institute of Neurological Surgeons, between 75% and 85% of all Americans will suffer from some form of back pain in their lifetimes. That is a staggering number to consider.
If you, or anyone you know, has ever suffered from back pain you are aware how tormenting it can be. Here at Integra Medical Center we are able to identify the cause of your chronic back pain as well as establish methods to assist in treating the discomfort.
Causes Of Back Pain
Back pain can originate in several different manners. The most common cause is usually related to physical strain. Lifting heavy items, whether at work or at home, can certainly wreak havoc, but so can bending down the “wrong” way simply to tie your shoe.
Age can play a factor in these issues, as can lifestyle, sleeping patterns and genetics. Sitting for hours in the same position can also induce or aggravate back problems.
Common injuries from lifting or accidental falls can lead to temporary or chronic back pain. These injuries can result from torn ligaments that support the spine.
A variety of medical conditions can be the cause of frequent back pain. These conditions can be common, such as arthritis and pain associated with pregnancy to more severe problems including scoliosis, spondylolisthesis and fibromyalgia.
Various infections that affect the vertebrae, although uncommon, can be extremely painful. Discitis, a condition that involves the cushioning of the vertebrae can cause excruciating pain and discomfort. In cases of cancer, often tumors will take residence in the back having spread from other affected areas.
In actuality, the body is a machine, which will, due to age, begin to suffer from a variety of concerns. Mechanical problems involving the spine and back become more common as time goes on, often leading to disc degeneration and facet joints (joints connecting vertebrae) wear down. Muscle spasms, herniated discs and tension can frequently cause severe back pain.
Treatments For Back Pain
Following a thorough exam and evaluation, our chiropractic doctors will discuss the most appropriate treatment to alleviate your back pain. Some of the techniques which may be utilized include: