Living with chronic back pain is not easy. Your back is what holds your entire body together, making it easy for the pain to become debilitating.
However, knowing what causes chronic back pain can help you avoid suffering from it. Below, we’ve outlined (in no particular order) the five most common causes of chronic back pain.
#1 - Age
Chronic back pain often comes with growing older. Your everyday tasks throughout your life will help shape how you age. Of course, the better you care for your body, the less pain you should experience later in life. However, that’s not always the case.
#2 - Arthritis of the Spine
Arthritis of the spine occurs as a result of the incremental thinning of the cartilage inside your spine. Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent kind of arthritis that impacts the spine. The condition occurs on any part of the spine, but most commonly the lower back and neck. Characteristics of spinal arthritis are pain and stiffness. .
#3 - Spinal Stenosis
This condition is the result of spinal canal narrowing, which can cause nerve pain. The narrowing of the spinal canal pressures your spinal cord and nerves, resulting in pain.
#4 - Disc Issues
There are a couple of ways that the discs in your spine can be impacted, including:
- A herniated disc
- This condition occurs when the tender interior area of the disc’s cartilage punctures the disc’s tougher exterior and lengthens into the spinal canal.
- Herniated discs can lead to sciatica, characterized by pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve that extends from the lower back into the lower legs.
- A bulging disc
- This ailment occurs when cartilage enlarges outside of standard positions.
- A bulging disc is not as severe as a herniated disc and is not typically debilitating on its own.
#5 - Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS)
MPS is pain and inflammation that occurs in your body’s soft tissues. It is a chronic condition that impacts the fascia and can involve a singular muscle or a group of muscles.
If you live with debilitating back pain, you may be able to recover compensation through long-term disability benefits. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our office to discuss the details of your case.
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