Back Pain

Back Pain

Back pain is a common complaint and most people in the United States will experience low back pain at least once during their lives. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor or miss work. Core strengthening (the muscles that surround back, abdomen, and hips) can help stabilize the trunk and pelvis.

 

Back Rehabilitation

Whether suffering from the first bout of low back pain, following extensive treatments, or even surgery, the best way for patients to avoid or minimize the severity of recurrences is to rehabilitate the back through appropriate back exercises.

 

Degenerative Disc Disease or DDD

DDD is a term used to describe the normal changes in your spinal discs as you age. It can take place throughout the spine, but it most often occurs in the discs in the lower back (lumbar region) and the neck (cervical region).

 

Herniated Disc or HNP

When you experience back pain that shoots down your leg, everyday activities become difficult or even intolerable. When a herniated disc occurs, a small portion of the nucleus (central part of disc) pushes out through a tear in the annulus (outer part of disc) into the spinal canal.  This pressure on the nerves can be the source of pain down the leg.

 

Lumbar Disc

The prevalence of lumbar disc abnormalities increases with age. No one knows the actual incidence of lumbar disc herniations, as many people with herniations are asymptomatic.

 

Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. Sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve and its branches, which run down your back into your buttock and leg. The source of sciatica can vary from a disc, bone, or soft tissue cause.

 

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of one or more areas in your spine — most often in your neck or lower back. This narrowing can put pressure on the spinal cord or spinal nerves at the level of compression.

 

Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which one bone in your back (vertebra) slides forward over the bone below it. It most often occurs in the lower spine.