What are the Causes of Back Pain?
Your back consists of a complex arrangement of muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs and bones along the spine. Issues with any of these components can lead to strain or structural problems resulting in back pain.
Why Does My Lower Back Hurt?
Pain in the lower back can range from mild discomfort to debilitating pain that can cause you to miss work and other regular activities. Lower back pain can be caused by:
- lumbar spine (the discs between the vertebrae)
- ligaments that are around the spine and discs
- spinal cord nerves
- lower back muscles
- abdomen and pelvic internal organs
- the skin around the lumbar and surrounding area
- complex regional pain syndrome
How can you avoid lower back pain? There are many ways to prevent lower back pain – from maintaining a proper diet, to good posture and staying active (through exercise such as yoga).
Why Does My Upper Back Hurt?
Like lower back pain, pain in the upper back can cause a lot of issues and discomfort. Major causes of upper back pain include:
- disorders of the aorta
- tumors in the chest
- spine inflammation
What are the Four Major Regions of the Spine?
The spine, or what’s commonly known as the backbone, is comprised of 33 interlocking bones called vertebrae. Each of the vertebral bodies are separated by intervertebral discs that act as shock absorbers for your spine. These discs are composed of two regions the inner or nucleus pulposus and the outer or annulus fibrosis. The nucleus pulposus is a jelly-like solution while the annulus fibrosis has a fibrous-like composition.
These bones are segmented into four regions:
What are the Five Major Reasons for Severe Spine Pain?
Injuries, abnormalities and wear and tear can all lead to conditions that cause severe spine pain. When the pain cannot be helped by nonsurgical methods and interferes with your everyday activities, your pain management specialist may suggest spine surgery. Spine surgery can help ease the spine pain and get you back to living life on your own terms.
The five different conditions that can cause severe spine pain include:
What is the Importance of the Spine?
Over time, or by acute or sudden injury, an intervertebral disc can become herniated and cause a great deal of pain. Pain from your spine can translate to other areas of the body. For instance, an injury to your lower back can cause severe leg pain. The spine is a major factor in all the body’s movements. The spine provides balance, absorbs shock, protects the spinal cord and nerves, and allows for bending and twisting movements.