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The Truth About Low Back Pain

Thursday, May 03, 2018

The truth of life for nearly all of us is that, at one point or another, we will experience low back pain that will travel down toward the buttocks and sometimes into the extremities. Low back pain will vary from a dull pain that develops over time to a sharp pain that is felt below the waist. The most common cause of the condition is physical strain that is related to heavy lifting or a forceful movement, twisting the back or bending in an awkward manner, or standing in the same position for too long.

The Causes of Your Low Back Pain

There are different conditions that lead to our outright cause low back pain. They often involve compressed nerves that will generate pain and other symptoms. Low back pain can also be degenerative in nature: meaning age-related. Some common spinal problems are listed below:

Herniated or Bulging Discs

The spinal discs that encompass the lower back may bulge outward. This condition can become more serious when the soft interior matter of the disc escape through a rupture in the disc’s outer layer. These disc problems will often result in nerve compression, pain and ongoing inflammation.

Burst or Compression Vertebral Fracture

A fractured or compressed vertebra is often the result when a person suffers a trauma like a fall. This type of injury is not unexpected when there is a construction accident.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a medical condition that is the result when the nerve passageway in the spinal canal or the spinal canal narrow abnormally.

Spondylolisthesis

This spinal condition occurs when one or more of the low back vertebra slips forward over the vertebra that is positioned below it.

Osteoarthritis or Spondylosis

Osteoarthritis is a common degenerative spine problem that affects the facet joints of the spine. The condition can lead to the development of bone spurs.

When to Seek Medical Attention for Low Back Pain

  • The low back pain is, or becomes a constant companion
  • The low back pain refuses to subside with rest and over the counter medications
  • The low back pain interferes with daily activities and sleep patterns.

When to Seek Immediate Attention for Low Back Pain

  • The low back pain is accompanied with bowel or bladder problems
  • The low back pain is accompanied by leg weakness or numbness.

There are treatment options available to help with your low back pain. The dedicated medical team from NeuSpine Institute has helped patients return to a pain-free and normal life. Please contact us to schedule an appointment for your evaluation appointment.