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- On September 27, 2010
- az pain, AZ Pain Centers, bulging discs, chronic pain treatment, herniated discs, low back pain, osteoarthritis, pain management, pain treatment
In the US, lower back pain is one of the most common conditions and one of the leading causes of physician visits. In fact, at least four out of five adults will experience it at some point in their lives.
Ironically, the severity of the pain is often unrelated to the extent of physical damage. For example, lower back spasms from a simple back strain can cause excruciating lower back pain that can make it difficult to walk or even stand, whereas a large herniated disc or completely degenerated disc can actually be completely painless.
The most common causes of low back pain are:
- Injury or overuse of muscles, ligaments, facet joints, and the sacroiliac joints.
- Pressure on nerve roots in the spinal canal. Nerve root compression can be caused by:
- A herniated disc, often brought on by repeated vibration or motion (as during machine use or sport activity, or when lifting improperly), or by a sudden heavy strain or increased pressure to the lower back.
- Osteoarthritis (joint degeneration), which typically develops with age. When osteoarthritis affects the small facet joints in the spine, it can lead to back pain. Osteoarthritis in other joints, such as the hips, can cause you to limp or to change the way you walk. This can also lead to back pain.
- Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis, vertebra defects that can allow a vertebra to slide over another when aggravated by certain activities.
- Spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal canal, which typically develops with age.
- Fractures of the vertebrae caused by significant force, such as from an auto or bicycle accident, a direct blow to the spine, or compressing the spine by falling onto the buttocks or head.
- Spinal deformities, including curvature problems such as severe scoliosis or kyphosis.
- Compression fractures. Compression fractures are more common among postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, or in men or women after long-term corticosteroid use. In a person with osteoporosis, even a small amount of force put on the spine, as from a sneeze, may cause a compression fracture.
The most important thing you can do is catch the pain early, before it gets too uncomfortable and debilitating. At AZ Pain Centers, we can take away your back pain with our fast, innovative and safe treatment. Give us a call today.