Chronic back pain affects approximately eight out of ten people. Almost everyone has experienced back pain at some point in their lives and knows how debilitating it can be. Many different conditions and injuries can lead to back pain so getting the proper diagnosis is the key to receiving effective treatment.
The spinal column is a complex part of the human anatomy containing 33 vertebrae, which are separated by discs and held together by muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Heavy lifting or other activities can cause ligaments to tear and discs to bulge, slip, or rupture causing severe pain. Discs in between vertebrae can also become dehydrated causing them to lose height. This can lead to compression and stress on the nerves in the back. Due to the complexity of the spine, a physician will need a full medical history, physical exam, and possibly x-rays in order to diagnose the exact cause of a patient’s discomfort.
Back pain responds well to: