What Causes Back Pain?

By | December 18, 2012

Today’s Guest post is from Dr. Alec Khlebopros. Dr. Khlebopros, is the clinic director of Proactive Chiropractic and Rehab Center offering over 7 years of experience and has treated thousands of patients. He continues in attending yearly seminars to stay up to date on all musculoskeletal complaints one might have. With 3 years of orthopedic studies after chiropractic college, Dr. Alec is capable of servicing those with back pain, neck pain, and much more including people seeking an Charlotte NC car accident doctor. Find him online at MyProactiveChiro.com

Whether a traumatic accident or the repetition of day-to-day activities, back pain is a very common ailment in today’s society. Pinpointing back pain can be quite difficult given the complexity of the spine and the muscles, nerves, bones, joints and other structures attached to it. Pain levels range from a dull ache to a sharp or burning sensation that may be constant or intermittent. The pain may even radiate into your extremities including your arms, hands, legs or feet and result in weakened functions, numbness or even tingling. Back pain is one of the most common complaints and one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention. Back pain can stem from a variety of reasons but some of the more common ones include:

  • -A ruptured or herniated disk. This is more common for people that are exposed to daily vibrations such as construction workers and truck drivers, athletes, those using poor lifting techniques, those maintaining poor lifestyle habits such as obesity and smoking, and sometimes genetics may play a role in disc degeneration. – Muscle strains commonly associated with sports injuries, heavy lifting, poor posture, etc.
  • - Spinal Stenosis as a result of aging. As we age the spinal canal becomes constricted as a result of arthritis and other conditions.
  • - Arthritis. Although arthritis is more common in joints such as the knees, fingers and elbows, it can affect any joint in the body including the joints in your spine.
  • - Discogenic back pain results from damage to the intervertabral disc without disc herniation.
  • - Spondylolisthesis is the result of adjacent vertebrae slipping due to instability. This is oftentimes the result of degenerative conditions.
  • All of these conditions can range from mild to severe, or intermittent to constant. If you are experiencing any sort of back pain, it is crucial that professional advice is sought so it does not become a chronic, life-long pain struggle.
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