Back pain overview

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 age 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 pain and symptoms.

The lower back is the site of 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 carries most of the body’s weight, it is especially vulnerable to injury. When symptoms occur, we become acutely aware of just how much we rely on a flexible, 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. If your symptoms sound familiar, visit a physician as soon as possible to receive a diagnosis.

Laser Spine Institute provides relief for back pain through our innovative minimally invasive spine surgery. Our minimally invasive decompression, and in severe cases, stabilization procedures, treat the root causes of back pain and other symptoms, whether from injury or a degenerative spine condition. The minimally invasive, outpatient procedures performed by our skilled surgeons are often the clinically appropriate first choice for addressing degenerative spine conditions. Additionally, minimally invasive techniques provide patients with many advantages over traditional open spine surgery, such as smaller incisions, less muscle tearing and faster recovery periods.§

If your chronic back pain has not improved with conservative methods and your physician has recommended surgery, contact us today to learn more about our innovative procedures and how you could be a candidate.