Chronic back pain symptoms

Chronic back pain and other symptoms frequently accompany the natural aging process of the spine.

Chronic back pain is actually often a symptom of nerve compression caused by a degenerative spine condition that is affecting the structure and alignment of the spine. Degenerative spine conditions develop gradually as a result of regular wear and tear, as well as contributors like excessive weight gain and high-impact activities. As these risk factors slowly deteriorate the discs and other components of the spine, an adjacent nerve may become pinched or compressed.

The types of symptoms that develop as a result of nerve compression depend on the cause, severity and location of the pinched nerve. Your doctor can help determine these factors by performing a physical evaluation and imaging of your spine.

Causes of chronic back pain

Chronic pain in the back and other related symptoms can often be attributed to the natural aging process. As we grow older, our spinal anatomy begins to deteriorate and lose flexibility. This isn’t necessarily symptomatic, but it can become painful if the deterioration results in nerve compression. Some examples of degenerative spine conditions include:

  • Degenerative disc disease. The weakening and loss of height of the discs that cushion the spine due to natural breakdown.
  • Spinal or foraminal stenosis. The gradual narrowing of the spinal canal or a nerve root exit, called a foramen, in the spinal column.
  • Facet disease. The degradation of the joints that connect adjacent vertebrae, leading to joint inflammation.
  • Bone spurs. Osteophytes are smooth bony growths that develop as a result of bone-on-bone contact and frequently accompany arthritis.

Types of symptoms related to chronic back pain

Nerve compression near the spine can result in a number of symptoms. Because the nerves in the spine and spinal canal also travel to the extremities, the symptoms of nerve compression may extend beyond the spine and into other areas of the body. These symptoms include:

  • Localized back pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain that radiates along the nerve
  • Numbness and tingling
  • A burning sensation

If you are experiencing chronic pain and symptoms and you have not found relief from conservative treatment, contact Laser Spine Institute. We offer minimally invasive spine surgery that treats chronic back pain by removing pressure on the compressed nerve in the spinal canal. Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization surgeries offer patients a safer and effective approach to spine surgery compared to traditional open back surgery.^

Since 2005, we’ve helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain, helping to establish us as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Call Laser Spine Institute today and ask for a free review of your MRI or CT scan* that can determine if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.