Back Pain

Back Pain

Our approach to caring for back pain includes an in-depth exam and back pain consultation where we can review your symptoms, discuss treatment options, and develop a customized care plan.

Although the back is constructed of a combination of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles that support the rest of the body, it can also be quite delicate and easily injured.

The main causes of back pain are sports injuries, car accidents and falls, but the back can even be injured with simple bending movements. Other conditions, like arthritis, obesity and psychological stress, can also complicate back pain. It’s been reported that over 31 million Americans experience back pain at any given time.*

Back pain can range from slight to severe and can directly impact other movements in the body. The most common type of back pain is acute pain. Acute pain occurs suddenly, after a fall, injury or lifting something heavy. Chronic pain, which is less common, may occur quickly or slowly, but lingers for a long time period. No matter how your back pain comes about, it should not be neglected because it could lead to other issues and neurological deficits.

  • Common Causes:
    • Disk Degeneration
    • Spasms
    • Tense Muscles
    • Ruptured Disks
    • Injuries from sprains, fractures, accidents, and falls
  • Back pain can also occur with some conditions and diseases, such as:
    • Scoliosis
    • Spondylolisthesis
    • Arthritis
    • Spinal stenosis
    • Pregnancy
    • Kidney stones
    • Infections
    • Endometriosis
    • Fibromyalgia

*Jensen M, Brant-Zawadzki M, Obuchowski N, et al. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Lumbar Spine in People Without Back Pain. N Engl J Med 1994; 331: 69-116.