Enduring a neck or lumbar back pain is almost a universal experience. Spinal agonizing is a basic reason for seeking care and treatment from our primary care physicians
Back pain can be caused by several reasons, Some of the reasons are high raised by Dr. Zaki Anwer, MD, Pain Management Specialist at the Pain Management Institute Chicago Frankfort
Mechanical causes of neck and back pain
Pain originating from injury or sudden dislocation of the structure of the spine encircled by soft tissues is the major cause of mechanical spinal pain.
Other most complained causes include muscle strains, sprains, damage and torn tendons supporting the spinal cord
Rare conditions are herniated disc, fracture or bruised bone
The degree of pain depends upon the severity and place of damage, the individual may experience pain spreading down the lower extremities.
- Numbing sensation in lower extremities
- Severe pain
As soon as you counter these symptoms, seek an emergency treatment as it is the consequences of spinal cord compression
Inflammatory low-back pain
The condition may not arise from an injury but is a result of pinched and inflamed nerves or bone structures. Pinched nerves may lead to never ending pain, being treated with traditional treatments such as, pain killers and physical therapy. Anklylosing Spondylitis is the common example of the condition resulting from pinched nerves among the young adults. Diagnosis and treatment may differ from other common types of back pain and usually requires a specialist’s consultation
Lumbar spinal stenosis
Lumbar spinal Stenosis is a widely spread cause of chronic back pain, particularly in elderly individuals it is resulted by degenerated spinal structures leading to shortened gap between the spinal discs, pinching nerves and blood vessels
Adverse effects of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
- Disc herniation
- Extra bone formation
- Bulging disc disease
- Strained ligaments
- Loss of gap between the vertebrae
In hundred of 47 people suffer Lumbar Spinal Stenosis in USA at the age of 60 and above
Occupational-related back pain
Inefficient performance of works and absenteeism is widely related to common spinal pain arising from certain occupations such as bus driving, health care work and police. Work related injuries such as slips, sudden falls, motor vehicle accidents and repetitive movement wear and tear.
Poor workplace conditions, elderly workers’ majority, obesity, smoking, use of alcohol aggravates the chances of workplace injuries leading to back pain