Among the most commonly reported medical complaints in the United States, back pain affects up to 80% of all individuals at some point in their lifetime. Stemming from a variety of causes, including injury and underlying medical conditions, back pain should be evaluated by a spine specialist for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. If you suffer from back pain, schedule an appointment with your physician today, and learn more about the common causes of back pain.
- Disc Conditions: Your spine is made up of vertebrae, which are separated by soft intervertebral discs that act as cushions, or shock absorbers. Over time, these discs can become damaged and rupture, putting pressure on the nerves along the spine. This pressure often leads to back pain in addition to causing numbness, tingling and weakness in the extremities.
- Spondylolisthesis: Back pain may also be caused by a condition known as spondylolisthesis, which develops when one of your vertebra bones slips forward or backwards onto another vertebra. In addition to back pain, spondylolisthesis can lead to decreased range of motion, numbness, tingling, weakness, and the loss of bladder and bowel control.
- Spinal Stenosis: Another common cause of back pain is spinal stenosis, a condition that describes a narrowing of the spinal column that puts pressure on the spinal cord. Spinal stenosis, in turn, can be caused by arthritis, bone diseases, herniated discs, or a direct injury to the spine.
- Sciatica: Some individuals experience back pain due to sciatica, or compression of the sciatic nerve in the area where it leaves the spinal canal. Sciatica is often caused by herniated discs, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, or piriformis syndrome.
Chronic pain can often interfere with freedom of movement and quality of life. If you suffer from back pain, make an appointment with Kraus Back and Neck Institute today. The founder of KBNI, Dr. Gary Kraus is a leading Houston neurosurgeon specializing in spine health, spine surgery, and non-surgical spine treatments. Please visit us online or call us today at (888) 816-8954 to schedule a consultation.