If you’re human, at some point in your life you’ll experience low back pain which makes your usual daily activities more difficult. Back pain varies from one person to the next. It can range from mild to severe, and be short-lived or long-lasting. The good news: however it happens, low back pain usually gets better on its own within a few weeks.
When any part of the spine – vertebrae, spinal cord and nerves, intervertebral discs or muscles and ligaments – is injured, pressured or overused, back pain results. Plain old aging also plays a role in many back conditions. Here are some recurrent causes of low back pain:
• Strains and sprains. One of the more common causes is muscle soreness from overactivity. If you subject your body to an unusual amount of exercise or stress, muscles and ligament fibers can be overstretched or injured.
• Herniated disc. An intervertebral disc herniates when its jellylike center pushes against its outer ring. When the herniated disc bulges out toward the spinal canal, it puts pressure on the sensitive spinal nerves, causing pain.
• Disk degeneration. With age, intevertebral discs begin to shrink. In some cases, they may collapse completely and cause the bones to rub against one another. Pain and stiffness result. This is also referred to as osteoarthritis.
Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is known throughout Broward County for excellence in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of back pain and spine disorders, which are among the most complex conditions seen by our Florida orthopaedic specialists. For help with your nagging low back pain, please contact our office at (954) 400-5544 to schedule an introductory consultation.