Overview of back pain

If you are experiencing back pain, you most certainly are not alone. Back pain affects 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lives, and, in fact, low back pain is one of the most prevalent causes of disability in people under the age of 45. There are many causes for back pain, with some more serious than others. You should always take your back pain seriously, though, and take action to confirm if you may need treatment to relieve your symptoms. Through the following article, you will get an overview of the causes of back pain as well as the treatments that can help you find relief.

Causes of back pain

The lower back is the site of the most reported pain. Spinal vertebrae are held together by muscles, tendons and ligaments. Between the vertebrae are discs, which act as shock absorbers and prevent the vertebrae from hitting one another during walking, running or jumping. They also allow the spine to twist, bend and extend.

Since the lower back is the hinge between the upper and lower body and is the weight-bearing portion of the body, it is especially vulnerable to injury. When symptoms occur, we become acutely aware of just how much we rely on a flexible and strong back. Injury in the lower back can dramatically affect your quality of life and make the simplest activities a chore.

You can avoid or delay back pain by educating yourself concerning the causes of your symptoms. Learn about activities to avoid or to take precautions against so that you may maintain spine health for years to come. If you are concerned you are developing chronic back pain (pain that lasts for more than three months), please visit our back pain symptoms page to evaluate your suspicions.

Treatments for back pain

If your symptoms sound familiar, visit a doctor as soon as possible to receive a diagnosis. He or she may recommend conservative therapy such as pain medication, chiropractic care and physical therapy. In the events that your chronic back pain has not improved with conservative methods and your physician has recommended surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn more about our outpatient procedures.

Laser Spine Institute provides relief for back pain through our minimally invasive spine surgery. Our minimally invasive decompression, and in severe cases, stabilization procedures, treat the root causes of back pain, whether from injury or a degenerative spine condition. The procedures performed by our board-certified surgeons+ are often clinically appropriate over open back and neck surgery.^

Additionally, our muscle-sparing procedures provide patients with smaller incisions and shorter recovery periods compared to traditional open spine surgery.^ To find out if you are a potential candidate for the minimally invasive procedures used to relieve back pain, reach out to our dedicated team today and ask for a free MRI review.*