Back Pain: What Causes It?

Back pain can range from mild to debilitating, and can worsen if left unmanaged. Without a healthy back, you would have poor posture, weak muscles, and poor joints, which could potentially set you up for serious and permanent damage in the long run. If pain remains unmanaged you run the risk of letting your condition worsen.

Some Of The Most Common Causes Of Back Pain Include:

Trauma

Medical professionals commonly diagnose neck and back conditions as a result of trauma caused by an accident, or a sports-related injury. Trauma involves an impact or jolt that shifts the spine or surrounding musculoskeletal structures. Trauma, specifically, can cause annular tears, large disc herniations, and fractures. For example, car collisions can cause the spine to go out of its natural balance, resulting in dull pains in the back and neck, muscle spasms, headaches and other painful symptoms. Some trauma may be less critical and only require a short treatment plan. However, receiving the proper diagnosis will ensure an effective recovery for the more serious injuries.

Our experts at Regenerative Orthopedics & Sports Medicine lead the industry in holistic approaches to heal active individuals. Whether it is a car accident, sports injury, or trauma experienced in your daily, active life, ROSM is uniquely equipped to help you get back on your feet.

Poor Posture

Regardless of your height, weight, and stature—your posture should follow the natural curve of the spine and maintain an upright position with squared shoulders. Sitting and standing for a prolonged period hunched over tightens back and neck muscles. Ultimately, this puts unnecessary strain on your spine, and can lead to back pain. Luckily, there are ways to avoid poor posture, simply by adopting a few better habits. To start, set your computer screen at eye level to avoid curving your neck. Also, take notice of your shoulders and ensure they are rounded back, square, and not slouching. You can also strengthen your core muscles with exercise to support your upper body. Lastly, making time for short breaks to move, walk, and stretch throughout the day will do wonders for your spine.

Musculoskeletal Abnormalities

Musculoskeletal abnormalities such as bone spurs, scoliosis or hypermobility conditions can be present at birth or develop over time. Many of these conditions might not cause significant pain until later in life. Medical care for these conditions varies, but almost always involves a form of physical therapy and may require further intervention. Experts at ROSM stay on top of research by collaborating with physical therapists, educators, and nutritionists to provide patients with personalized, effective care.

Degenerative Diseases

The cause of your back pain could be a damaged vertebral disc, osteoarthritis, or other orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions that are contributing to the development of neck and back pain. As time progresses, discs can break down and joints in the spine can rub against each other and abnormal bulges/herniations can develop—causing a great deal of pain. Consequently, age plays a factor in degenerative diseases as the middle-aged population and seniors develop these ailments more often than young people.

We Are Here To Help You

Visit our Regenerative Neck and Back Treatment Program to learn more about how we can help you manage your pain. Don’t let your condition worsen while there are options available to help you get back to a pain-free life. Contact us today for a consultation to learn about treatment options.

Written by Dr. John