The Most Common Causes of Back Pain

Common causes of back pain revealed and treatments discussed.

Few adults have not suffered back pain to severe it interfered with work, daily activities, or recreation at one time or another. Back pain is the most common cause of missed work and job-related disability, and each year more than $50 billion is spent on alleviating lower back pain. In fact, the only pain which occurs more often than back pain is headache pain.

The lower back is a prime target for pain due to the stress and strain it is constantly under from the weight of the upper body. The spine is made up of more than 30 bones called vertebrae, stacked on top of one another. Spongy tissue called discs act as shock absorbers between vertebrae. As we age, these discs can wear away, shrink, or become torn or injured. Discs can also be displaced by exercise or jolting movements.

Acute lower back pain usually lasts less than a couple of weeks, and is generally the result of a strain. This type of trauma can result from an injury incurred while playing sports, working outside and around the house, or an impact injury due to an automobile accident. The nature of the pain can range from a simple muscle ache to a shooting or stabbing pain. Lower back pain can cause limited mobility and even the inability to stand up straight.

Back pain should not keep you from exercising

Pain that persists longer than three months is considered chronic.

This type of pain can be progressive and the cause can be more difficult to determine. Causes of chronic back pain include:

  • Bulging or herniated disc
  • Spondylolisthesis which occurs when a vertebrae slides on top of another, pressing on the spinal nerve and causing lower back pain
  • Neuropathy due to diabetes or other medical conditions
  • A pinched nerve (generally accompanied by loss of bladder control, fever, chills and night sweats)
  • Lumbar spinal arthritis
  • Osteoporosis resulting in compression fractures of the vertebrae
  • Pressure on the nerves due to spinal stenosis , which is a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord
  • Scoliosis, which is an abnormal curvature of the spine

When to See a Doctor for Your Back Pain

After spending the weekend gardening, you may have no trouble understanding why your back hurts. But in a few days the pain should have diminished. Contact your doctor if you experience new back pain with no explanation. If any of the following medical symptoms occur, seek immediate medical attention:

  • Your pain is so severe it awakens you at night
  • You cannot control your bladder or bowels
  • You have signs of infection such as fever, sweats or chills
  • You have any other unusual symptoms

Treating Back Pain

Avoiding further stress to your back and taking advantage of rest, ice, heat and ibuprofen are the typical treatments for temporary back pain. Chronic back pain may be treated with other medications, or alternative therapies such acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic therapies, low-impact forms of exercise, physical therapy, or nerve stimulation.

Injection therapy, such as epidural steroid injections or facet joint injections, may also be effective in alleviating back pain. A form of psychotherapy known as cognitive behavioral therapy can assist you in coping with the emotional and psychological impact of chronic pain.

Contact Pain Management Doctors

At Resolute Pain Solutions, our pain management doctors are highly specialized in treating both acute and chronic back pain. We address not only the physical aspects of your back pain, but also the emotional toll that chronic pain can produce. While it may take time, the right treatment can help control, alleviate or end your pain so you can regain your quality of life. Let our team of experts put you back on the road to healing and the things you love. Call us at 1-866-228-7676 or fill out our contact form for more information.

You do not have to live in pain—-we can help. The pain management doctors at Resolute Pain Solutions offer comprehensive pain solutions for individuals in Stuart, Okeechobee, Port St. Lucie, Boca Raton, Jupiter, Tradition, and surrounding areas throughout South Florida.