Chronic Low Back Pain
What is Chronic Low Back Pain?
Although one feels muscle spasms, chronic low back pain is most often caused by underlying torn discs. Disc tears cause disc bulges, degeneration, dessication and herniations. All of these instances of annular tears cause all of these disc diagnoses. Chronic low back pain affects tens of millions of people in America every year, and about 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their life. It depends on a number of symptoms originating in the lumbar region of the back.
Low back pain is most often caused by disc tears, which usually progresses into many disc problems. Disc tears allow discs to leak onto adjacent spinal nerves and tissue, causing inflamation of those nerves, which leads to leg pain and numbness, and sometimes the pins and needles sensation. It’s interesting to note that discs cause muscles and ligaments to hurt, and are even sometimes tender to the touch.
When Dr. Pauza teaches spine surgeons, he uses an analogy: Think of a heart attack – it often causes the victim to feel left arm and jaw pain, although their arm and jaw are completely normal. So to, do the discs, refer symptoms. This is referred to as somatic referred symptoms.
Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that the prevalence of chronic, impairing low back pain increased from 3.9 percent in 1992 to 10.2 percent in 2006. One can see the dire need for the Discseel® Procedure for chronic lower back pain.
Enter the Discseel® Procedure.
Types of Chronic Low Back Pain Problems
It has been said that the lower back’s complexity, particularly the lumbar area, is the reason for all the health issues found with the spine and back. These vertebrae are referred to as L1-L5, and they support most of the upper body. The 31 pairs of nerves that are rooted in the spinal cord help control the body’s movements and communicate with the brain. Because of the large dependence that the body has on this part of the spine, there are many types of problems caused by this indication because it is such a broad indication in the first place.
The most common causes include:
- A herniated disc
- Annular tear
- Degenerative disc
- Facet joint dysfunction – two joints behind each disc that become arthritic as torn discs collapse
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction – the sacroiliac joint can become painful if it becomes inflamed (sacroiliitis) and may cause back pain
- Spinal stenosis
- Compression fracture(s)
- Autoimmune disease(s)
Besides outright causes, certain things may put you at risk for chronic lower back pain. They are:
- Age – usually begins between the ages of 30 and 50
- Fitness level – more common in those who are not fit
- Pregnancy – besides weight gain; pelvic changes also affect this
- Weight gain/BMI – more stress on the back
- Genetics – some genes play a role in back pain or certain hereditary conditions
- Occupational issues – if one works a job with heavy lifting or other potential weight or safety issues
- Mental health – anxiety and depression affect how we perceive pain
- Overloading backpacks (in children and adults) – causes muscle fatigue
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Explore The Discseel® Procedure. Find Out If You're A Candidate
The range of symptoms for chronic lower back pain revolves around the definition of pain. The most common are as follows:
- Pain (dull or achy) contained to the low back
- Pain that worsens after prolonged sitting or standing
- Stinging, burning pain that moves from the low back to the backs of the thighs, sometimes into the lower legs or feet
- Numbness or tingling (sciatica)
- Muscle spasms and tightness in the low back, pelvis and hips
- Difficulty standing up straight, walking or going from standing to sitting
This list is not definitive. Chronic lower back pain has many more symptoms that are varied and intricate. You should consult your doctor should you think you have chronic lower back pain.
Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain - Why Discseel® is the Best Option
Diagnosing Chronic Lower Back Pain
Diagnosing chronic back pain can be done by your primary care physician in conjunction with a patient’s medical history, physical exam and any number of imaging tests. In most cases though, imaging tests are overkill for this kind of diagnosis. It is usually done to rule out other causes of pain.
Why the Discseel® Procedure is the best treatment
There are dozens of treatments for chronic lower back pain, and as many as several hundred if one were to explore all the nonmedical options. Here are the most common ones:
- Heat or cold packs – only temporary relief of mucle spasm
- Activity, exercise and/or physical therapy – can cause more problems if not done properly
- Medication (anti-inflammatory, pain, steroid injections) – can’t repair the underlying cause of the torn disc
- Spinal manipulation/mobilization – only temporary relief and could tear the discs more
- Biofeedback therapy – only temporary relief
- Spinal laminectomy – cannot address disc tears which are the underlying problem
- Discectomy – irreversible and worsens disc leaks
- Spinal Fusion – irreversible, limits movement and accelerates degeneration of adjacent discs
Some are simple and some are complex, but none show the kinds of results the Discseel® Procedure offers. The recovery time and the methods used for Discseel® create a potent treatment method that gives hope back to patients.