Understanding the Types of Lower Back Pain
When you visit a spine and orthopedic center for your back pain, you’ll likely be asked a series of questions. Since there are so many different causes and types of back pain, medical professionals have to be able to narrow them down to be able to prescribe the proper treatment method. Many times you may be experiencing pain in one area of your back, but the root cause is actually in another area. We’ve listed some of the most common types of lower back pain to help you understand why you could be experiencing long term back pain.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
Lumbar spinal stenosis often occurs with age and can be very painful. It happens when the spinal canal narrows, which is a natural result of aging. The pain can sometimes even extend down through the buttocks and into the legs, so comprehensive pain management techniques are often suggested to alleviate it.
Facet Joint Pain
Arthritis is often the reason for facet joint pain, but a sudden injury can also cause this type of pain. The facet joints are located on both sides of the spine where the two vertebrae join together. Their primary function is allowing the spine to move forward and backward with ease. So when a facet joint is causing pain, it’s usually easy to target the source. If not addressed quickly, facet joint pain can lead to long term back pain since you’re always moving your spine back and forth.
Some disc damage is known as Internal Disc Disruption. This type of back pain is the result of an internal spinal disc tear. Most people experience pain directly in the center of the back as a result. Sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time will make the pain even worse, so visiting a comprehensive pain management facility can help make the pain a little more bearable as you work to eliminate it.
Back Sprains or Strains
Back sprains and strains can happen at any time and are the most common causes of back pain. Sometimes you may not even realize you strained your back until the next day when you feel pain. Most of the time these injuries don’t lead to long term back pain, but it is important to continue moving as much as possible to prevent further loss of muscular control. If the pain is still present after a few weeks, it may be wise to visit a spine and orthopedic center to ensure no other damage occurred.
At DBC Active Spine Care®, we believe the type of back pain has to be determined before any treatment options can be prescribed. We also believe painkillers only cover up the root cause without actually helping you recover and prevent future injuries. Our spine adaptive functional restoration program is designed to help you experience long-term spine health and promote overall healthy habits. To learn how our program has successfully helped thousands of patients, contact us today.