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Back Pain: Treatment and Common Causes

Last updated 5 years ago

Many people think of back pain as if it were a condition in itself, rather than a symptom of a deeper issue. However, pain is your body’s way of trying to tell you something is wrong, so it’s important to pay attention and visit a pain management doctor. Here are some common conditions that could be the source of your back pain:

Mechanical problems If you have an issue relating to the movement of your spine, you are suffering from a mechanical problem. Mechanical problems can cause back pain due to wearing down of the joints, spasms, muscle tension, and herniated discs. One of the most common mechanical problems is the wearing down of the facet joints, also known as facet syndrome.

Injuries Spinal injuries can contribute to long-term back pain, short-term back pain, or both. Simple spine injuries such as sprains can result from twisting or lifting improperly, contact sports, or other manual labor. Spinal fractures are increasingly common with age due to their correlation with osteoporosis, and can also result from severe accidents and falls.

Medical problems Certain chronic conditions can contribute to back pain, including scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, spinal stenosis, and fibromyalga. Short-term conditions such as pregnancy, kidney stones, kidney infections, and endometriosis can also cause serious back pain. Osteoporosis, while not painful itself, can cause back pain indirectly by contributing to serious spinal fractures.

Infections and tumors While infections and tumors are rarely sources of back pain, it’s important to identify these dangerous causes as soon as possible. Tumors rarely begin in the back, so when they do appear it’s often a sign of tumors elsewhere in the body. If you suspect your back pain is due to an infection or a tumor, contact your pain management doctor immediately.

To determine the true source of your back pain, contact the professionals at Pain Specialists of Orange County. We provide the most comprehensive pain management at all three of our Orange County locations in Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and Irvine. Call us today at (888) 699-1334 to learn more.

 

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