Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain

Because the lower back includes many different structures, there are many possible causes for lower back pain. According to the American Chiropractic Association, lower back pain is the most common cause for disability worldwide.

Keep in mind that back pain is chronic if you have experienced the pain for more than a few weeks.  Compensatory measures you may take with your posture and movement in attempts to relieve discomfort may result in additional problems.

Why You May Experience Lower Back Pain:

Pain in the low back may result from problems with the spinal cord. A number of factors play a role in lower back pain, including injuries or deterioration of the bony vertebrae, inflammation around the nerve roots, muscle spasms, or referred pain from intra-abdominal or pelvic organs.

Furthermore, the bony spinal column itself has intervertebral discs that can deteriorate with age. They may also rupture, causing pain from impingement on nerve structures.

Arthritic Issues:

Ligaments and tendons in the low back may become damaged by overuse or trauma. Overuse and trauma generally lead to arthritic degeneration.

These changes normally include narrowing of the central vertebral canal, causing pressure on the spinal cord.

Osteoarthritis of the joints of the spine, known as facet joints, may cause regional pain. Moreover, injuries to any of the soft tissues of the back can cause post-traumatic arthritis.

Patients with osteoporosis, a disease that thins the bone structure, may experience compression fractures. Similarly, sufferers of metastatic lesions may experience compression fractures of the spine without significant trauma.

Other types of arthritic processes, including rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis may result in pain in the low back.

Weight Gain:

According to the American Obesity Association, back pain is prevalent among the nearly one-third of Americans classified as obese.

Rapid weight gain may cause a large amount of tension on the low back.

Similarly, people who are overweight carry a higher risk of lower back problems. This is a direct result of the extra support they require.

Poor Posture:

Work related back pain usually occurs when the patient exudes improper posture throughout the day.

We created a guide to set up your office for the optimal desk posture. However, having proper posture while walking is also important for stable back, neck, and shoulder health.

How to Resolve Your Pain:

Taking all of this into consideration, it is important to realize that most Americans suffer from low back pain from time to time. It is usually a condition that resolves by itself in a few days.

If you are experiencing low back pain that is severe, increasing in intensity, or that is accompanied by neurologic changes like numbness or weakness in the extremities, you should be evaluated to determine the cause of your pain and to begin treatment immediately.

Conservative treatment of lower back pain is often directed at relief of symptoms, relief of inflammation, and strengthening of the core muscles to remove additional stress from the spinal column.

Regenerative Medicine for Lower Back Pain:

Metropolitan Pain Consultants specializes in non-surgical orthopaedic surgery. Our primary treatment is regenerative medicine and we offer two variations: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC).

With very few side effects, regenerative medicine can be a safe alternative to surgery.

Both treatments utilize the patients own blood or stem cells to treat and heal the injured area. Since the treatments rely on your body’s natural healing processes, you do not have to worry about rejection.

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If you are suffering from back pain that has not resolved after a few days, or if unusual neurological signs and symptoms accompany your pain, you should contact us today for an evaluation and initiation of treatment.

Contact us by filling out this online form or calling us at (201) 729-0001. We offer weekday and weekend appointments. You can find us at our conveniently located clinics in West OrangeAberdeen, Clifton, and Lyndhurst.