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Back Pain

Back Pain Relief in Vancouver at Vancouver Spine and Disc Centre

Millions of North Americans have ongoing back pain. It’s the leading cause of disability in people younger than 45, and many things can cause it.

CAUSES FOR LOWER BACK AND NECK PAIN



Spine-Related Problems

Back pain often happens because something is off in the way your spinal joints, muscles, discs, and nerves fit together and move. Your doctor can check to see if you have:

Herniated or slipped discs: If your doctor mentions this, the soft tissue in the discs between your joints has come out. It’s usually caused by wear and tear. Herniated discs can cause pain in your lower back or hip because the nerves there are pressed.

Bulging discs: These protrude, or “bulge,” but not as much as with a herniated disc. You don’t usually have symptoms with this. You'll feel it if it pushes on a nerve root, though.

Degenerative disc disease: The discs, or “shock absorbers” between your spine’s vertebrae, shrink or tear. That causes the bones to rub together. This may happen as you get older.

Inflammation and wear of the sacroiliac joint: This lies where your spine and pelvis come together. It doesn’t move much, but it’s important because it moves the load of the upper body to the lower body. Swelling and wearing away of the joint cartilage can happen after an injury, because of arthritis, infection, or even pregnancy.

Spinal stenosis : If you have this, your spinal canal has narrowed. That adds pressure on your spine and nerves. As a result, your legs and shoulders probably feel numb. This happens to many people older than 60.

Cervical radiculopathy : This is a pinched nerve. It’s usually caused by a bone spur or a herniated disc.

Spondylolisthesis: A bone in the spine slips forward and out of place, typically in the lower back. The degenerative form of this condition is arthritis, which weakens the joints and ligaments keeping the spine aligned. It can cause a disc to move forward over a vertebra.

Accidents and Injuries

Car accidents, falls, muscle sprains, strains, and fractures are also causes of back pain. Injuries can lead to some of the physical problems, but some can cause pain all on their own.


Lifestyle Triggers

Back pain can be brought on by things you do -- or don't do -- in your day-to-day life, like:
  • Slouching at your desk
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Being overweight
  • Not exercising
  • Smoking
  • Wearing high heels
 

Emotions in Play

Don’t underestimate the power of feelings to bring on pain. Stress can lead to muscle tension in the back, and depression and anxiety may make the pain feel even worse.

Other Causes

Back pain can also be caused by medical conditions like:

Arthritis: This is a joint disease that causes stiffness, swelling, and inflammation.

Osteoarthritis : This degenerative joint disease happens when your cartilage and bones break down. This most often affects people from middle age onward.

Ankylosing Spondylosis : This is a type of arthritis that affects your joints and ligaments along the spine.

Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine: This is usually something you have from birth. If there’s pain, it typically starts in mid-life.

Pregnancy: The weight you gain when you’re expecting can strain your back.

Tumors: In rare cases you can get them in your back. They’re usually spread by a cancer that started somewhere else in your body.

Less-common causes of back pain are:

  • Kidney stones and infections
  • Endometriosis, a buildup of uterine tissue outside the uterus)
  • Osteomyelitis or discitis, infections in the bones and discs of the spine
  • Fibromyalgia, a condition that causes widespread muscle pain

Talk with the Doctor if your back isn’t feeling right. He can help you discover what’s causing the hurt and can help you feel better.

How do I get started?

Contact our office at 604-689-HEAL (4325) to schedule an initial consultation with the Doctor to determine your individual situation. Medical Evaluation and Diagnostic testing procedures should be performed prior to beginning any treatment in order to determine the most effective process. After carefully studying your case history and exam findings, the Doctor will sit down and explain his recommended plan of action for you. After answering any questions you may have about the recommended plan, you may begin your care.

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