The human spine, comprised of boney vertebrae, extends from the base of the skull down to the pelvis. The delicate spinal cord runs through the middle section of the spine and allows the brain to communicate with the rest of the body. Much like the rubber bushings on a car, soft pliable discs separate the vertebrae while allowing for movement and preventing back pain. Like a vehicle, the spinal discs occasionally become damaged or worn over time and often result in back pain. In fact, numerous spinal issues can cause back pain.
People typically experience minor back pain during their lives. If you are experiencing minor back pain, it might have originated from an activity that you do not perform very often. Some such causes include yard work, tripping, and occasional heavy lifting. While minor back pain is common, more severe pain is often caused by serious spine injuries.
Back problems are typically split into three groups, overuse injuries, acute injuries, and ongoing back conditions.
- Sudden (acute) injuries include sprains and strains to back muscles and ligaments, a spinal fracture or dislocation, a ruptured or torn disc, or spinal nerve compression.
- Overuse injuries often occur due to improper back posture or movement. You might not even remember when you injured your back in these cases. Fortunately, pain from overuse injuries often resolves itself within a month without any treatment. Home treatment might relieve symptoms caused by minor injuries as well.
- Conditions frequently resulting in back problems include spine-weakening conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, osteoporosis, Paget's disease. Additionally, other unrelated medical conditions can cause pain to spread to the back. Finally, spinal deformities including scoliosis, kyphosis as well as chronic pain syndrome can cause back pain.
Whatever the cause or severity of your back pain, make sure to avoid heavy lifting during your recovery. If you feel like you have a more serious back condition, please contact us for more information. You are also welcome to schedule an appointment with our orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Hayden, for a diagnosis and professional treatment.
When you visit Dr. Hayden, he will first physically examine your back for signs of obvious issues. If he is unable to make a diagnosis, he might request an x-ray, a MRI, or another test to get a better picture of your back problems. Onto Orthopedics has high quality diagnostic x-ray and ultrasound equipment on site for your convenience.
Once Dr. Hayden has determined the issue with your spine, he will recommend treatment ranging from rest to comprehensive surgical reconstruction. Dr. Hayden is trained in some of the latest robotic spine technology, including the SpineViewTM system. Please contact us for more information.