What Causes Back Pain?
Although the most common type of back injury results from the improper lifting of heavy items such as luggage, groceries or shovels overloaded with snow, there are several other common sources.
The nerves located in your spine are very vulnerable, as they need to travel through very narrow passageways. Often, these nerves are susceptible to damage and compression, resulting in excruciating back pain.
Tearing or stretching a ligament, the fibrous band of tissue connecting two or more bones, frequently results in a sprain. These sprains can result in chronic stress to the back muscles.
Infections Discitis, an infection of the space between the vertebrae, has been described as nearly unbearable. In diagnoses of cancer, often tumors will spread from affected areas, taking up residency in the back.
Slip and falls or lifting injuries resulting in torn ligaments that support the spine often result in back pain.
As years pass, the risk of experiencing back pain is increased based simply on the age of the muscles, joints and spine. Mechanical problems related to flexibility and range of motion can often lead to spasms, disc degeneration and herniation, all resulting in back pain.
Occurs when the vertebrae of the spine lose their normal position, causing pain, trauma, stress and nerves to function improperly.
Spasm can result from inflammation due to a torn or overworked muscle. This inflammation can lead to severe back pain and immobility.
Improper curvature of the spine, scoliosis, has not been related directly to back pain. There have, however, been reported cases of this gradual curving restricting development of surrounding organs, resulting in increased pain and ongoing health problems.
Degenerative Disc Disorder
Certain individuals have nerve endings that penetrate more deeply into the outer layer of the disc (annulus fibrosus) than others, making them more susceptible to back pain.
Certain medical conditions are accompanied by chronic back pain such as arthritis, Fibromyalgia and Spondylolisthesis.
Treatments For Back Pain
Based on the results of your evaluation, your doctor may include one or more of the following treatments to help improve your specific back pain condition:
This common therapy to treat back pain involves placing negative pressure on the individual disks of the vertebrae. Chiropractors specialize in how the body is aligned and functions as a whole. Finding and correcting misalignments in the spine is why this treatment is considered the best alternative to risky back surgery.
Often, Dr. Hurley is able to diagnose unhealthy habits relating to posture, eating, even sleeping patterns that are the root cause of pain.
Various massage techniques such as Deep Tissue and Trigger Point Massage has proven to provide relief from common forms of back pain.
Lidocaine and Trigger Point Injections are often used to relieve chronic back pain. Toradol Injections treatments are provided as a long term treatment option for back pain related to inflammation. If you have any questions regarding back pain treatments available at Wexford Wellness, please ASK THE DOCTOR by submitting your question on the form located on the right. You can also call us directly at 724-935-4300.