Back pain is the second most common neurological issue in the United States. Nearly everyone suffers from back pain at some point, usually due to joint issues like arthritis or spinal damage caused by overuse or injury. If you suffer from back pain, it may be caused by one of these underlying conditions:
- Spinal Stenosis:
Spinal stenosis refers to narrowing of the spinal canal due to the wear-and-tear of aging or a congenital condition from birth. As the canal narrows, pressure is put on the spinal cord, resulting in leg pain, numbness, or lower back pain. It is commonly related to arthritis. Spinal stenosis treatments include steroid injections, physical therapy, or anti-inflammatory medications.
- Facet Arthropathy:
This is a form of degenerative arthritis in which the cartilage and synovial fluid in the facet joints begins to deteriorate, causing soreness and loss of motion. Facet arthropathy develops from many causes, including wear and tear, fractures, or disc problems. Treatment may include rest, over-the-counter pain medication, physical therapy, or spinal manipulation.
- Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction:
Sacroiliac joints are formed by the left and right iliac bones and the sacrum, the triangle-shaped bone at the end of the spine. The entire weight of the body is supported by these joints, so they withstand a significant amount of stress. Dysfunction in these joints can be caused by degenerative arthritis, pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout.
- Herniated Disc:
Excessive pressure will cause the disc-shaped cushions to bulge or rupture from between the vertebrae. A herniated disc can be treated with rest, pain medications, or cortisone injections.
- Injury or Overuse:
Strain or injury to the back, including whiplash injuries, can result in chronic pain. Your doctor may treat the pain with medication, steroid injections, epidural injections, or physical therapy.
There are many possible treatments for managing back pain. Dr. Douglas Allen can help create an individualized pain management strategy for you including physical therapy to experience a healthy lifestyle. Call New York Pain Medicine today at (888) 755-2664 or contact us online to learn more about our services.
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