Symptoms & Conditions  BACK PAIN


Low back pain is one of the most common reasons that people go to the doctor or miss work.  It affects individuals of all ages and health.  Low back pain may result from arthritis, muscle sprain and/or strain, degenerative disc disease, and disc herniations.  The foundation of your back lies around the spinal cord: a stack of 24 individual bones called vertebrae.  It is your body's main structural support.  The types of vertebrae include the cervical vertebrae (7 bones forming the upper part of the spine), thoracic vertebrae (12 bones between the neck and lower back), lumbar vertebrae (5 bones in the lower back between the chest and hips), and the sacrum and coccyx (bones at the base of the spine).  As you can imagine, any injury sustained from contact sports, falls, heavy lifting, or motor vehicle accidents can cause a wide range of problems from muscle strains and herniated discs to spinal fractures.  Poor habits such as bad posture, excessive exercise or long hours spend sitting at a desk are also common causes that lead to back pain.

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Signs & Symptoms of Low Back Pain:

●  Persistent aching and/or stiffness in the low back
●  Sharp pain in the low back - strenuous activities such as heavy lifting can intensify discomfort
●  Chronic aching in the mid or low back - particularly if in the same position for a long period of time (ex. sitting or standing)
●  Back pain that extends into the back of the thigh, legs and/or feet
●  Inability to stand up straight
●  Tingling, numbness, burning or weakness in the groin or down the leg to the foot
●  Increased level of pain when coughing or bending forward
●  Pain accompanied by fever, burning during urination, frequent urination (may have an infection)
●  Inability to control bladder or bowel movement

Causes of Low Back Pain Include:

●  Arthritis including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis
●  Disc herniation
●  Spondylolisthesis
●  Spinal stenosis (narrowing of spinal column that places pressure on the spine)
●  Discogenic pain
●  Scoliosis (curvature of the spine)
●  Failed back surgery
●  Osteoporosis (can lead to painful fractures of the vertebrae)
●  Pregnancy
●  Fibromyalgia (generalized stifness, fatigue and widespread muscle ache)
●  Endometriosis (buildup of uterine tissue in the places outside the uterus)
●  Kidney stones or infections

 

Symptoms of Lumbar Radiculopathy (aka Sciatica):

●  Pain in the buttocks or back of legs (may worsen when sitting)
●  Tingling, numbness and/or burning sensation down the leg
●  Weakness of the leg or intermittent "tripping" and falls
●  Sharp, lancinating, shooting pain when attempting to stand up

 

 

Causes of Lumbar Radiculopathy (aka Sciatica):

●  Lumbar disc herniation
●  Lumbar spinal stenosis
●  Degenerative disc disease
●  Spondylolisthesis
●  Pregnancy

 

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