Chronic Back Pain
If you currently have back pain, or have experienced this problem in the past, you understand the torment involved in performing common tasks while suffering from this condition. Dr. Hoff is able to help you identify the true source of your Chronic Back Pain, often able to immediately provide relief during your first visit. Once addressed, and the origin of your discomfort has been identified, he will work on a customized treatment plan to help eliminate future occurrences and strengthen your overall health.
Causes Of Back Pain
The source of back pain can originate from a variety of conditions. The most common type of back injury results the improper lifting of heavy items. This unprepared physical strain on the muscles of the back can cause immediate, excruciating pain. This is also a common result with other routine tasks such as shoveling snow, carrying groceries, even tying your shoes.
Besides these rather regular causes of back pain, there are other categories of conditions that may be causing your specific back pain.
The nerves located in your spine are very vulnerable, as they need to travel through very narrow passageways. Often, these nerves are susceptible to damage and compression, resulting in excruciating back pain.
Tearing or stretching a ligament, the fibrous band of tissue connecting two or more bones, frequently results in a sprain. These sprains can result in chronic stress to the back muscles.
Discitis, an infection of the space between the vertebrae, has been described as nearly unbearable. In diagnoses of cancer, often tumors will spread from affected areas, taking up residency in the back.
Slip and falls or lifting injuries resulting in torn ligaments that support the spine often result in back pain.
As years pass, the risk of experiencing back pain is increased based simply on the age of the muscles, joints and spine. Mechanical problems related to flexibility and range of motion can often lead to spasms, disc degeneration and herniation, all resulting in back pain.
The term used when vertebrae lose their normal position, causing pain, trauma, stress and nerves to function improperly.
Spasm can result from inflammation due to a torn or overworked muscle. This inflammation can lead to severe back pain and immobility.
Improper curvature of the spine, scoliosis, has not been related directly to back pain. There have, however, been reported cases of this gradual curving restricting development of surrounding organs, resulting in increased pain and ongoing health problems.
Degenerative Disc Disorder
Certain individuals have nerve endings that penetrate more deeply into the outer layer of the disc (annulus fibrosus) than others, making them more susceptible to back pain.
Certain medical conditions are accompanied by chronic back pain such as arthritis, Fibromyalgia and Spondylolisthesis.
Treatments For Back Pain
Based on the results of your evaluation, your doctor may include one or more of the following treatments to help improve your specific back pain condition:
This common back therapy involves placing negative pressure on the individual disks of the vertebrae. This treatment is considered the best alternative to risky back surgery.
Learn more about spinal decompression therapy.
Your physician may identify unhealthy habits relating to posture, eating, or sleeping resulting in your chronic back pain.
Lidocaine and Trigger Point Injections are often used to relieve both temporary and chronic back pain.
Learn more about our pain management injections.
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