What is Back Pain?
Back pain tends to be very common, and most people experience it at least once in their lifetime. Your back is a very complex structure which is composed of bones, muscles, nerves and joints. Back pain is caused by a problem of one of these elements.
Although back pain can be felt anywhere along your spine, from your neck all the way down to your hips; back pain is most common in the lower back (lumbar) region. Some back pain symptoms include…
- Muscle ache
- Muscle spasms
- Tension, soreness and stiffness
- Pain that runs down your legs
- Limited flexibility or range of motion of your back
Causes of Back Pain
The lumbosacral, it is the part of the back between the bottom of the ribs and the top of the legs. Most of the lower back is made up of many bones called the vertebrae. The most common type of back pain is usually a case of sudden – onset pain, however it is unclear where the pain is stemmed from, there is no specific problem or disease that can be identified as the cause of discomfort. The severity of the pain can vary from mild to severe. Some of the most common causes of back pain include;
Soft Tissue Injuries
Sprained ligaments and muscles are one of the most common types of lower back pain and it can happen to anyone, at any age! However those with weaker muscles are more high risk, yet even professional athletes can suffer from low back injuries and spasms. Should your job or daily life require you lifting heavy objects or lifting anything heavy incorrectly can put great strain on your spine and cause damage to your muscles and tendons.
Did you know that your spine is made up of 33 bony vertebrae? These are protected by cushioned discs in between your vertebrae and surrounded by nerves and blood vessels. If your discs become damaged due to illness or injury it can cause acute pain. Below we’ve listed just some of the ways discs can contribute to lower back pain;
- Degeneration as you age
- Damage due to injury
- Herniated: when a disc bulges or slips from its normal position
Your lower back accommodates five facet joints, each of which is susceptible to deterioration and damage. When this occurs (usually in those over 50) inflammation is the body’s natural response – inflammation in the joints is the definition of arthritis. When this joint inflammation occurs it causes pressure on the surrounding tissues and nerves, which can cause a lot of pain. Osteoarthritis works in a wicked cycle where your back muscles spasm in response to the pain, in turn causing more pain.
Although osteoarthritis is painful, it can lead to another condition called spinal stenosis. This can happen when your spinal column narrows and creates pressure on the spinal nerves. However osteoarthritis isn’t the only thing that can contribute to spinal stenosis, the thickening of ligaments or bone spurs on your vertebrae can narrow the space inside your spinal column. Along with pain spinal stenosis can cause weakness and numbness in your back.
Your sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body and it begins in your lower back with a branch of nerves travelling down each leg. When something pinches your sciatic nerve, you can feel the symptoms at any point along the nerve, and you have what’s called sciatica. Sciatica can stem from a few different causes:
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Spondylolisthesis, when one vertebra slips forward over another and pinches your sciatic nerve
- Piriformis syndrome, when a muscle in your buttock spasms and compress your sciatic nerve
Visit London Interventional Clinic Today
If you’re suffering from back pain then be sure to visit London Interventional Clinic today. We offer a number of back pain treatments and will work with you to ensure the most effective option is provided. From sciatica to disk problems and much more, we can treat an array of spine and back issues. For more information or to book an appointment, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.