5 Possible Underlying Causes of your Back Pain

Category: Spine | Author: Stefano Sinicropi | Date: February 17, 2015

back pain causesBack pain comes in many forms and is often difficult to diagnose. Identifying the underlying cause of your back pain is essential to relieving the pain. If you do not know what’s causing the pain, how can you treat it? In order to help back pain sufferers determine the source of their pain, we have compiled a list of five potential causes of back pain, and treatment options for each.

Spinal Compression Fracture

Compression fractures in the spine are common in older patients with osteoarthritis. Long-term treatment often involves spinal fusion to provide support to the fractured vertebra.

For more detailed information on compression fractures of the spine read our previous blog here.

Spinal Tumors

Spine tumors can grow along the spinal cord, often without a patient’s knowledge. Some tumors are harmless, while others can be life threatening and need to be surgically removed.

We have covered the various types of spinal tumors on this blog.

Pinched Nerves

Pinched nerves are a very common cause of back pain. They can be the result of bulging or herniated spinal discs, or degenerative conditions. Typically these are treated with conservative methods at first. However, surgery often provides the most long-term pain relief for pinched nerves.

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a condition marked by a narrowing of the spinal cord. It can result in compression of the spinal nerve roots, pain, and loss of sensation in the back and legs.

Read more about stenosis treatment options on this page.

These are just five of many possible causes of your back pain. If you are experiencing severe or chronic pain in your neck, or low back, make an appointment with your physician to get to the root of the underlying problem. Only then can you create a plan for successful treatment.

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