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If you or a loved one suffers from lower back pain, you know how difficult life can become. Caused by overuse, injury or strain to the muscles, ligaments and discs that support the spine, lower back pain is a simple symptom of a complex problem that tends to get worse. Because of the existing tension, the area becomes susceptible to additional injury from lighter and lighter efforts and the problem is compounded. Additionally, one tries to compensate for pain by using healthy muscles for chores they are not designed to do and thus exposes them to injury.
Lower back pain can be described as dull or burning or sharp. It can be very localized or spread over the whole area. It can be gradual or come on quite suddenly. It can be accompanied by muscle spasms or stiffness. Low back pain can also affect the legs, making them tingle, feel numb or ache.
Causes and Treatment for Lower Back Pain Cases at Chapman Neurosurgical Spine Institute
Let’s look at the various causes of lower back pain. We are all familiar with the common occurrence of overuse or injury to the muscles, ligaments and joints in the area caused by heavy lifting, straining, over exercising or just using the muscles incorrectly. More seriously, a herniated disc can be brought about by a sudden heavy strain or repeated motion or vibration from sports or working. Another cause of pain occurs when the vertebra slide over each other due to a spinal misalignment. Age brings its own difficulties that affect the bones of the spine and joints. Osteoarthritis is joint degeneration which can affect the spine and hips, causing pain and leading to a change in walking patterns that further exacerbate existing muscle fatigue and lead to more pain.
The spinal column itself is subject to narrowing due to age and this can bring on pain. Scoliosis or curvature of the spine can generate lower back pain. Of course, there are fractures of the spinal bones and pelvic area from accidents, falls and blows which can cause significant pain. Even minor force on bones made fragile from osteoporosis or long term corticosteroid use can cause a fracture.
Other less common causes of lower back pain are infections, tumors, abnormal bone growth and bone deformities. Correct diagnosis and treatment of lower back pain is essential to returning to a normal life. Let the specialists at the Chapman Neurosurgical Spine Institute help you find the root cause and provide effective treatment for this debilitating condition.
Contact a Southern California specialist in lower back pain from Chapman Neurosurgical Spine Institute for expert diagnosis and most current treatments for a variety of conditions leading to lower back pain.