Back pain can sprout from a number of reasons. It affects 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lifetimes, occurring in about 31 million men and women in the U.S. at any given time. Because there are so many factors that can contribute to back pain, many sufferers are in the dark about why they are suffering and who to go to for the right treatment. Fortunately, at Regenevéda, we offer regenerative medicine for eligible candidates who are plagued by chronic back pain. But to begin, it is helpful to know and understand some of the most common back pain conditions.
Facet Joint Syndrome
Facet joint syndrome is a condition offset by osteoarthritis – the breakdown of joint cartilage. The joint in question sits between two vertebrae in the spine and produces pain and swelling if affected. Facet joint syndrome is often associated with aging, experiencing an injury, or having a lot of pressure on the facet joints. Those who suffer from the condition typically have trouble bending or twisting their back.
Degenerative Disc Disease
If you’re past your thirties and have lower back (lumbar) and cervical (neck) pain, there’s a chance you might have degenerative disc disease. The name of the condition itself is a misnomer, as degenerative disc disease is not actually a disease but a degeneration of the spinal discs due to age. The condition is characterized by the loss of fluid, nutrients and oxygen in the spinal discs, making them less capable of absorbing the shock of our daily movements. Specifically, what occurs is that the outer layer of spinal discs develops tiny tears that allow fluid to leak out, leading to bulging, ruptured or broken discs.
Bulging or Herniated Discs
Herniated or bulging discs tend to occur suddenly and are most prominent in people between the ages of 35 and 50. As a natural progression of time, the spinal discs dehydrate, lose fluid and cause the cartilage to stiffen (which is disc degeneration). When stress or pressure is placed on the spine, the outer layer of the discs can bulge all around the circumference, sending pain throughout the back and into the legs.
A herniated disc, however, occurs when a tear or crack in the outer layer of the disc seeps some of the inner cartilage. This causes a protrusion and only the area of the tear or crack is affected. The symptoms are usually short and treatable without the intervention of surgery.
The sciatic nerve extends from the lower back, through the buttocks, and down into the legs. If you have sciatica, you’ll most likely experience shooting pain throughout these regions, although it typically only affects one side of your body. Sciatica is usually a result of spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spine), bone spurs, and/or a herniated disc. Sciatic pain can be quite severe, but non-operative treatments have proven to be successful for treatment.
And, of course, we can’t forget back injuries in our list of most common back pain conditions. A back injury may be caused by a traumatic event, years of lifting on the job, or improper form or bending the wrong way when doing house chores. A majority of back injuries are acute, meaning they last less than six weeks, but some can be chronic. Those who suffer from a back injury typically turn to physical therapy, medications, or even surgery, depending on the severity of the injury.
When it comes to back pain, there is no doubt that they are troublesome and frustrating to deal with, but with the help of a trained medical professional, you can get back on the road to recovery. To schedule a consultation for back pain treatment, please call Regenevéda at (855) 734-3638.