At Cardinal Physical Medicine, we treat patients every day who suffer from sudden or chronic back pain. Today, we’d like to share a few things that might be going on in your spine that can cause back pain. We all know that outside forces like injuries, repetitive physical labor, too much time staring at a phone, and bad posture can cause back pain, so this time we’re going to get a little more in-depth and explore what is actually happening to your spine that is causing you pain. As always, Cardinal Physical Medicine is committed to providing the best chiropractic care to you and your family, and we encourage you to call us if you are experiencing any of the following conditions.
Five Common Causes Of Back Pain
- Osteoarthritis: Arthritis of the spine results from normal wear and tear. Many people know someone with arthritis in their hands, but are unaware that it can also occur in your back. This wear and tear breaks down the cartilage in the facet joints that join each vertebra together and allow for movements like bending and rotation. When not addressed, this can cause chronic pain due to the bones rubbing together. This pain usually occurs in the lower back, and can ultimately lead to a narrowing of the spinal cord called spinal stenosis.
- Spinal Irregularities: If you spine does not adhere to normal curvature, you could experience back pain. Patients with scoliosis – a condition where the spine curves to the side – can experience back pain in more severe cases. It is important to catch conditions like scoliosis early, so we encourage full spinal x-rays for all of our patients at least once a year. A couple of months ago, Dr. Blalock shared his story of not discovering his scoliosis until he was in college, even though he had seen a chiropractor before, so we can personally attest to the importance of x-rays, especially for children who might be in the developmental stages of scoliosis.
- Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is the loss of bone mass and usually occurs in people over 50, and is far more common in women than in men. This includes the thinning of the spongy substance inside of the bone, as well as the hard casing of the done. This makes the bones brittle or more susceptible to damage. Oftentimes the first sign of osteoporosis is a compression fracture of the spine, where a vertebra essentially caves in on itself, which can cause sudden pain. In some cases, compression factors can be treated with spinal decompression, which we provide at Cardinal Physical Medicine.
- Herniated Disc: Between each vertebra is a spongy disc that acts as a cushion to protect your vertebrae from rubbing together in irritating ways. However, if the soft material inside of the disk ruptures or bulges it can press on a nerve and cause severe back pain. Symptoms of a herniated, bulging, or slipped disc can also include leg pain if the disc is pressing on the sciatic nerve. Thankfully, this pain can usually be treated with routine chiropractic care.
- Pulled Muscle: We’ve all seen the depictions on TV and in movies of a middle-aged man lifting a heavy object and suddenly jerking up in pain with a hand on his back. Awkward movements, heavy lifting, or repeated physical labor can all cause a pulled back and leave you laying on the couch, unsure of what to do. This strain can be sudden and results in painful muscle spasms, and can even end up pulling your spine out of alignment. These pulled or strained muscles usually require prompt chiropractic attention, so it is important to contact your trusted chiropractor if this happens.
Cardinal Physical Medicine Is Here To Help
The issues listed above are just a few of dozens of things that could be causing your chronic or sudden back pain. Throughout all of this, it is important to remember that back pain isn’t normal, and it isn’t something you have to live with. At Cardinal Physical Medicine, we offer our St. Peters patients the best comprehensive chiropractic care from head to toe, including spinal posture correction, traditional chiropractic adjustments, whiplash rehabilitation, decompression therapy, TMJ pain relief, and custom foot orthotics. As a family chiropractor, we understand how important preventative spinal care is for both children and adults, and encourage you to stop in with the whole family for a consultation. Schedule an appointment today and find out what we can do for you!