Back pain—especially lower back pain—is one of the most common ailments suffered by adults in the United States. In fact, the American Academy of Pain Medicine reports that back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under the age of 45. Continue reading to learn about some of the common causes of back pain, and then schedule an appointment at your Peabody pain center regarding your own symptoms.
Many individuals suffer from back pain due to an overuse injury following repetitive or improper lifting, twisting, or bending motions. These types of injuries are common among individuals whose employment position requires frequent manual labor, such as construction workers, factory workers, and those who utilize vibrating tools.
Sprains and Strains
Sprains and strains of the structures within your spine can lead to chronic back pain. A sprain occurs when you stretch or tear one of the ligaments that stabilize the joints of your spinal column, whereas a strain occurs when there is an injury to one of the muscles or tendons in your back.
Back pain is often caused by conditions that affect the intervertebral discs of the spine. These discs may degenerate over time or become torn due to an injury. If this occurs, the fluid inside the disc will leak out and the disc will no longer provide your vertebral bones with the support and shock absorption they need to function properly. Disc conditions are common following direct trauma to the spine and may occur due to a slip and fall incident, car accident, or sports injury.
Another common cause of back pain is spinal stenosis. With this condition, the spinal column becomes narrowed, putting pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves leaving the spinal column. Spinal stenosis may be caused by arthritis, a herniated or slipped disc, spinal tumors, or the natural aging process.
Find out what is causing your back pain by contacting the Pain & Wellness Center in Peabody at (978) 826-7230. We can provide the appropriate treatment for your back condition. You can learn more about our pain management services by visiting our website.