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Chronic Low Back Pain is Caused by Annular Tears
Chronic low back pain has not been shown to be permanently corrected by epidurals,
physical therapy, or chiropractic manipulation unless the underlying cause is healed
The only treatment known to permanently heal and seal these annular tears is the Discseel® Procedure
chronic low back pain
When spinal discs develop annular tears, these tears can lead to issues such as herniated discs, thinning discs, bulging discs, and degenerative discs, and these issues all lead to chronic low back pain.
Certain things may put you at risk for chronic low back pain. One of the most common risk factors is age, as chronic low back pain usually begins between the ages of 30 and 50. Your fitness level may also put you at risk because chronic low back pain is most common in those that apply compressive and shear forces on the discs. Pregnancy puts stress on the spine as well through weight gain and pelvic changes. Heredity plays a role in chronic low back pain as well, because certain genes contribute to back pain. Your career may also put you at a higher risk for chronic low back pain if it involves heavy lifting or other potential weight or safety issues. If you often carry a backpack, this may be affecting your back as well, because overloaded backpacks cause muscle fatigue, which can lead to pain. Anxiety and depression can also affect how we perceive the pain we feel, so the state of your mental health plays a factor in chronic low back pain as well.
A few common causes of chronic low back pain include:
- Annular tears
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Herniated Disc(s)
- Traumatic Injuries
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 not necessary for this kind of diagnosis and are usually used to rule out other causes of pain.
more on chronic low back pain
It has been said that the lower back’s spinal discs and joints, particularly in the lumbar area, is the reason for all low back pain. To better understand back pain, one must understand the structure of the spine. There are five vertebral bodies in the lumbar spine, which are bones that make up the lumbar region of the spine, referred to as lumbar levels L1-L5. In between these vertebral bodies are spine discs, which act as shock absorbers to cushion the bones as we move. Bands of tissue hold the vertebral bodies in place called ligaments and tendons attach the muscle to the spinal column. There are 31 pairs of nerves that are rooted in the spinal cord which help control the body’s movements and communicate with the brain.
The most common treatments for chronic low back pain include ...
Unfortunately, these methods
Do not address the underlying cause of chronic low back pain.
only the discseel® procedure is known to heal annular tears that cause chronic low back pain
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After being told his only cure was spinal fusion surgery, Jim searched for an alternative and found the Discseel® Procedure. He is now back to his active lifestyle and has been pain free since his procedure.
Sean wanted to find a solution to his back pain that didn’t involve putting hardware in his spine, so he chose the Discseel® Procedure. Now he’s living pain-free and has been able to return to the lifestyle he loves.
When Erica began developing spinal pain, she felt that the activities she loved were taken away from her. Erica now says that the Discseel® Procedure has “100% turned her life around” and allowed her to get back to the things she loves, like running.
ARTICLES ON CHRONIC LOW BACK PAIN
News articles and blog posts by Dr. Pauza & Team
About Chronic Low Back Pain
By Dr. Kevin Pauza
Pain is considered chronic when it lasts beyond six months. Pain occurring for less than six months is considered acute pain. Six months is the dividing line because 90% of low back pain resolves on its own before six months. The 10% of people who continue suffering beyond six months have chronic back pain and are unlikely to get better on their own. Unfortunately, no study shows that it’s permanently corrected with epidurals, physical therapy, chiropractic manipulation, or any other treatment unless the underlying cause is healed. Today, it’s known that annular tears are the underlying cause of most non-traumatic spine problems. READ MORE
Chronic Low Back Pain & Referred Pain
By Dr. Kevin Pauza
Another cause of arm and leg pain related to chronic low back pain that can be difficult to understand is referred pain. This condition is also known as somatic referred pain. To understand this somatic pain referral, think of a heart attack. When a person has a heart attack, they often experience left arm pain or jaw pain. Their arm and jaw are completely normal, however, the heart happens to commonly refer symptoms into the left arm and jaw when there is a problem. Likewise, when there is a problem in a disc, it not only causes low back pain, but the disc often refers chronic pain into the leg or arm. So we understand that annular tears may refer pain into the leg or arm in these two ways: through the damaging inflammatory chemicals leaking directly onto the passing spinal nerves, or through the inflammatory chemicals within the disc in the torn layers of the annulus fibrosus, which refers somatic symptoms into the legs or arms. Fortunately, all of these symptoms are successfully treated after the annular tears are repaired. READ MORE
Chronic Low Back Pain & Annular Tears
By Dr. Kevin Pauza
Once scientists understood that the underlying cause of most chronic low back pain results from annular tears, it was easy to understand why this condition doesn’t improve until the underlying tears are healed. This pain can persist for years, with only very brief relief after epidurals or other treatments, because the discs cannot heal. Annular tears in the discs cannot heal because they have no blood vessels, leaving very few ways for healing to occur. READ MORE
Long Term Smoking Linked to Chronic Low Back Pain
Chronic low back pain is the most common source of pain that causes people to seek medical attention from their physician. While this pain may set in quickly, getting rid of it can be a much more daunting and time-consuming task. For those who do smoke, cigarettes can be a source of pain relief. However, whether used for relief or not, smoking can actually be a detrimental lifestyle choice for those suffering from chronic back pain and may lead to worsened pain, a slowed healing process, and heightened pain sensitivity. READ MORE
Why Chronic Low Back Pain Sufferers Are Addicted to Pharmaceuticals
Low back pain affects nearly 80% of adults at some point during their lives, and it can vary drastically in its severity and cause. Degenerative disc disease and chronic back pain are two major issues that affect many individuals, and these injuries are often associated with a high degree of pain. Because of this, many of those affected by chronic back pain use some sort of prescription medication to alleviate the associated discomfort. READ MORE
Genetic Links as Causes of Chronic Low Back Pain and Degenerative Disc Disease
Low back pain affects a large number of individuals, and one common cause of this issue is degenerative disc disease. This disease affects nearly five percent of the population, and it can have negative effects in many areas of daily life. There are multiple factors that can contribute to degenerative disc disease and chronic back pain, including environment and genetics, and there are also many steps that can be taken to help reduce the chance of these conditions from occurring. READ MORE