Back pain is one of the most common medical problems in the United States. It is the second most common cause of missed workdays and is the leading cause of disability between the ages 19-45. Approximately 80 billion dollars is spent due to back pain each year, and the cost continues to grow.
The spine is a vital structure that supports the body while providing enough flexibility for movement. The spine is divided into the neck (cervical area), middle back (thoracic area), and lower back (lumbar area). Areas that sustain a lot of twisting and bending, such as the lower back, are most likely to get injured. It is estimated that 80% of the population will have lower back pain in their lifetime.
Back conditions usually do not develop suddenly, but gradually overtime. Your back is subject to many repeated stresses or injuries over your lifetime. Everything from falling off your bike as a child, to lifting a heavy sofa to carrying around extra weight for several years may contribute to a spine condition. These repeated stresses or injuries add up over your lifetime, resulting in degeneration of the spine.
The goal of a spine treatment program is to improve symptoms and to slow the progression of the degenerative process in the spine. Usually this involves a joint effort between the individual with back pain, the treating physician, and other allied health care professionals such as physical therapists.
Common Causes Include:
- Bulging disc and disc herniation
- Radiculopathy and pinched nerve
- Spinal canal stenosis
- Spinal spondylosis
- Failed back syndrome
- Post-laminectomy syndrome
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Myofascial pain syndrome
If you have ever experienced lower back pain at some point in your life, you are not alone. Most people who are suffering from back pain can manage it with home remedies. If your pain is continuously keeping you away from doing things that you normally love and do, then it may be time to seek professional help. Call to schedule an appointment with one of our providers today 817-294-0934.