Understanding is Key
Understanding the possible causes of back pain is important, because there are so many possibilities, and knowing what to do can be confusing and complicated.
Spinal stenosis can often be conservatively treated with spinal decompression therapy, but other cases may require spinal stenosis surgery.
Back pain surgery for a herniated disc is different than chronic back pain treatment. In all cases the correct treatment for your back pain will depend on the cause of your back pain.
Recognize Serious Symptoms
You can have chronic back pain. You can have mechanical back pain. There are intra-abdominal, cancer, and traumatic causes of back pain.
The list goes on and on, some are trivial and some will require emergency back surgery to prevent serious injury.
Knowing when you must see a back pain specialist can help prevent permanent impairment and even death.
Your spine is a very complicated piece of equipment and there are many possible causes of back pain.
There are 24 mobile vertebrae between your skull and your sacrum. These are connected with ligaments and tendons to each other, and to other bones and to the muscles.
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"it can cause radiating pain, or sciatica"
Seven cervical vertebrae form the cervical spine or neck. 12 thoracic vertebrae compose the upper back. Each vertebra in the upper back is attached to two ribs. The ribs reach around the front meeting in the middle and form the chest. There are five lumbar vertebrae that form the lower back.
"it can cause nerve pain"
Between the vertebrae there are nerves that exit at each level, through small openings called foramen. When these nerves are squeezed it can cause nerve pain, or sciatica.
The many different structures that compose the spine are all covered with nerve endings, and whenever they get stretched, pulled, torn, fractured or inflamed they become painful.
Some of the more common causes of back pain include muscle strain, trauma, arthritis with spinal stenosis, and herniated disc. Some of these may require spine surgery and some may be treated more conservatively.
Stop Upper Back Muscle Pain
This type of pain may be common but it need not ruin the recreational activities that you enjoy. Click here to learn how to manage and avoid this miserable problem.
Is Your Upper Back Pain From Your Lungs?
Find out how you can tell, and what you can do to relieve your pain.
Lung Cancer And Back Pain
may indicate a more serious problem. Understand your symptoms by learning more.
Your Lung Pain may not be Serious
has information about types of lung pain that are not lung cancer.
Scapula Pain? Your Thoracic Spine?
What is a Winged Scapula?
Get the details here and learn how to treat this annoying problem.
What is a Winged Scapula?
Ch1 What can I do about it?
Ch 2 What Causes A Winged Scapula?
Ch 3 You Can Correct Your Winged Scapula
Fix Your Scapula Pain
by learning the correct exercises to balance certain muscle groups and improve scapular motion.
Shoulder Blade Pain
Is it really coming from your scapula? Or is something else going on? Find out what you need to know.
Heal Your Trapezius Strain and Protect Yourself from Recurrent Pain Easy ergonomic changes and simple exercises can stop your pain and prevent it from happening again.
Ch 1 The Anatomy and Trapezius Strain Relief
Ch 2 Exercises for Trapezius Strain Relief
Trapezius Muscle Pain in Women
can occur when repetitive motions strain weak muscle groups. Find out how to fix it.
Ch 1 Why Trapezius Muscle Pain is more Common in Women
Ch 2 Treating Trapezius Muscle Pain in Women
Rotator Cuff Injury? How did this Happen?
A minor injury that is not identified and treated correctly can evolve into a major injury and permanent disability. Learn the facts.
Thoracic Back Pain is most Commonly Muscle Pain that should resolve with a few days of rest and some gentle stretching exercises. However, there are other considerations.
Your Compression Fracture and Osteoporosis
Evaluate and Understand your fracture risk.
Post Herpetic Neuralgia and What You can Do
Learn your treatment options and what can be done for this common complication of shingles.
may cause pain in the back of your neck and head.
Neuropathic Pain Facts
Information you need to know.
Less Common Disc Problems
Slipped Disk? What does that Mean?
Your intervertebral Discs do not slip.
Discitis and What You Need to Know
This dangerous infection can be difficult to recognize and treat.
Degenerative Disc Disease and You
From a lifetime of being active.
The Lumbar Spine Anatomy Shows What is Causing Your Pain
It is the key to understanding the causes of back pain.
Low Back Pain Causes:
The Most Serious And The Most Common
Discover how you can decide when you need to see a doctor, and when it is safe to "give it a few days".
Bulging Disc Causes of Back Pain
A Bulging Disc and What It Means.
Could a bulging disc be causing your pain. Learn more today.
Bulging Disc Treatments That Work.
Find out what you can do right now to start relieving your pain.
Lower Back Hip Pain
may not be related to your hip at all. You can tell the difference with these simple maneuvers.
Evaluate Lower Back Pain and Fever with These Easy Steps
These symptoms must not be ignored. Find out why, and what you must do to stop the pain.
Burning Back Pain?
Find out why and find out what can be done. Stop the pain and return to living your life.
Mechanical Back Pain Causes
This is the easiest "back pain" to relieve, but it will require discipline. Learn how to stop your pain.
Mechanical Back Pain Ch 2
Yes you can fix your pain. Learn the easiest ways to relieve your pain.
Constipation and Back Pain
Back and Abdominal Pain can be Relieved
Colon Cancer Back Pain
Other Causes of Back Pain
Coccydynia is Tailbone Pain
Is Tension Myositis Syndrome Causing your Pain?
Sacroiliitis is an often misdiagnosed cause of back pain. Make sure your doctor checks for this common problem.
Cauda Equina Syndrome
Causes of Back Pain after Surgery
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
The American Cancer Society
More Information About Back Pain