What Causes Back Pain?

The human back is a marvel of design in that it has the ability to move in a flexible way while at the same time rigidly supporting large amounts of weight. The nervous system that runs through the human spine serves as a conduit for massive amounts of information to be sent back and forth. The back can be strong, but it can also be delicate. Just the slightest wrong movement can cause the back to generate pain that is so intense that it can interrupt an individual’s life.

Back pain happens when there is a misalignment in the joints, discs, nerves or muscles in the back. When checking your back for the source of the pain, our medical professional is going to look for herniated or slipped discs. The discs in your back serve as a cushion between your joints. Over time and as a result of wear and tear, these discs can wear down or slip out of place. When they slip, herniate or bulge, the soft tissue that makes up your discs begins to put pressure on the complicated nervous system in your back. This, in turn, can lead to back pain, hip pain and excruciating pain running down your leg.

If your discs begin to deteriorate, they no longer provide the shock absorption needed between vertebrate. With time, this can allow bone to rub on bone, and the pain that results from this can be excruciating. Degenerative disc disease can happen as a result of wear and tear. However, in most cases, it is just a natural part of the aging process.

Inflammation of the sacroiliac joint is another common cause for back pain. The sacroiliac joint is the point where your spine and your pelvis come into contact with each other. This joint is not designed to move a lot; instead, it is designed to be a stabilizing joint. It receives a lot of pressure and is responsible for the movement of both the upper and lower body. When this joint deteriorates, you can experience extreme back pain and hip pain with every single movement that you make.

The most common cause for back injuries is accidents, be them in an automobile or at work. When a person is in an automobile accident and the vehicle that they are driving in comes to a sudden stop, their body is exposed to tremendous forces. These forces cause the spine to twist and bend in ways that are outside of its normal range of motion. This can lead to whiplash, spinal misalignment and other conditions that cause back pain.

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for back pain. This is because the cause and source of back pain varies from person to person. At Longevity Spine in Oklahoma City, our medical professional can examine the musculoskeletal structure of a person with back pain, as well as use advanced imaging technology to look at the soft tissue with the goal of determining why there is the pain and then lay out a treatment program to address the pain. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more.

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