Back pain is not unheard of. In fact, it is a very common complaint among adults and seniors alike. The back is broad and composed of many anatomic structures such as bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and nerves. The pain may be generalized, affecting the whole back, or may be localized like in lower back pain, depending on the cause and the affected structures.
According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, causing many individuals to miss workdays. Approximately 50% of the American population suffers from some form of back pain every year.
Causes of back pain
Back pain can be due to mechanical causes or a medical condition. Mechanical pain refers to pain that results from bad habits that put excessive stress on the back structures. This includes poor posture, improper body mechanics when lifting and moving objects, and slouching.
In addition to these, experts in Coastal Pain Clinic, Broward County identified the following common medical causes of back pain:
- Slipped disc
The discs are located between each vertebra to act as a soft cushion and shock absorber. These discs can be pushed out and slip out of position due to sudden twisting or lifting of a heavy object. When out of place, the discs can compress the spinal nerves, leading to back pain.
This medical condition happens when the vertebra itself slips forward or backward, pressing the vertebra beneath it. This usually affects the bones at the base of the spine and can lead to lower back pain that gets worse with physical activity.
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
This chronic inflammatory disease is a form of arthritis affecting the spine. Ankylosis is a medical term that means “fused bones.” Patients with ankylosing spondylitis experience inflammation of the vertebrae or spinal joints, making the bones fuse. This leads to back pain, limited mobility, and joint stiffness.
Sciatica develops when the sciatic nerve, which runs the length of the lower back down each leg, becomes irritated. Diseases affecting the lumbar spine (lower back), such as herniated disc, lumbar spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease, can all cause irritation of the sciatic nerve roots, leading to sharp back pain that radiates to the buttock and back of the legs, tingling sensation, and numbness.
Botox Injection for back pain relief
According to pain experts in the Deerfield Beach pain treatment center, Botulinum toxin A is being produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. It has been proven that when a small amount of this toxin is injected into the muscle, it can block the nerve impulses to the muscle, thereby reducing muscle spasms and relieving pain.
Research published by Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Neurology has shown that patients who suffer from chronic low back pain can feel significant pain relief when treated with botulinum neurotoxins in recommended doses with little to no side effects.
Learn more about Botox Injection in Coastal pain clinic Broward County
At Coastal Pain Medicine Deerfield Beach pain treatment center, we believe pain management is about much more than offering surgery or painkillers – it’s about getting to the root cause of the pain.
One-to-one compassionate care is the standard of practice here, and step-by-step communication — from the initial consultation through treatment and rehabilitation — allows our patients peace of mind and reassurance.
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