Common Causes of Back Pain
Back pain is one of the most common reasons for discomfort that people experience. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, almost every person will have at least one episode of low back pain in a lifetime.
The good news is for most, back pain usually resolves within a few weeks. Despite this silver lining, back pain is often one of the most difficult conditions to diagnose and treat. This is because as the support structure for our bodies, the spine is made up of a complicated series of bones, discs, muscles, nerves and ligaments.
THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF BACK PAIN INCLUDE:
Discogenic Back Pain
Muscle Spasm or Strain
Spondylolysis and Spondylolisthesis
Spondylolysis is a stress fracture in a vertebra, or bone, of the lower spine. Spondylolysis is more common in teen athletes, especially those participating in sports requiring repeated hyperextension of the lower back - like football, wrestling and gymnastics. If the fracture continues to develop, it may cause the vertebra to weaken to the point of slipping out of place. This condition is called spondylolisthesis.
Because the spine is a complex arrangement of bones, muscles, ligaments and nerves, when diagnosing and treating back pain there is no single treatment that works for all patients. Your spine specialist will work with you to determine the best course of treatment for your condition.
Orthopedics is the area of medicine specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of bone, joint, tissue and nerve disorders, including those in the neck, back and spine. The specialists at POA's Spine Services offer the latest in neurosurgery, occupational medicine and rehabilitation, electrodiagnostic and nerve conduction studies, and spinal surgery.
If you are currently living with a neck, back or spine condition, call POA's Spine Services at 425-656-5060.