At some point in their lives, it’s expected that most people will suffer from some form of back pain. As one of the body’s foremost weight-bearing mechanisms, the spine takes on a great deal of stress to provide stability and support to the body. When all of the intricate parts that make up the spine are in balance and working properly, some strain from everyday activities and wear and tear is unlikely to cause serious damage. However, when pain becomes chronic (typically categorized as lasting three months or longer) it can be sign of a more serious problem that requires medical attention.
Chronic back pain and discomfort can be caused by a number of factors, ranging from trauma or injury to clinical depression. Below is a comprehensive list of the most common back conditions and ailments.
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Degenerative Disc Disease
As people age, the discs between each vertebra can become weak and brittle from wear and tear, much like the bones in the rest of the body. Degenerative disc disease can result from several causes, and symptoms and treatment range from patient to patient.
When a disc ruptures or cracks due to trauma or instability, it can lead to pain and discomfort in the lower (lumbar) back in some patients. Some cases of herniated discs do not produce symptoms.
Spinal stenosis is a condition characterized by the narrowing of the spinal column or neural openings of spinal nerves.
Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity
Scoliosis and spinal deformity refer to abnormal lateral (side) curving of the back, often with an appearance of a “c” or “s” shape of the spine.
Spinal instability is the result of movement between two vertebrae, usually resulting from injury or degeneration to the disc. “Slipping” and excessive movement of the vertebrae in the disc space can cause pain and problems with alignment.
Spine trauma is categorized as a bruise, full, or partial tear to the spinal cord. Depending on the location and severity of the injury, trauma can result in loss of motion, organ damage, or death.
Most cases of spinal tumors result from metastasis (spreading) from another part of the body, such as the breast or liver. Primary tumors (those which originate in the spine) are generally uncommon, and usually tend to be slow moving and benign, depending on the cause of the tumor.
Spondylolisthesis is a condition that occurs when a vertebra slips out of place and comes into contact with the one below in the disc space.
Kyphosis is a condition that leads to excessive curving and rounding of the back, leading to a “hunchback” appearance in some patients.
If you are suffering from spinal trauma or chronic back pain, contact the Los Angeles Spine Group today to make an appointment at our state of the art facilities. Call 310.574.0400 or book an appointment online today.
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