Understanding the Various Sources of Back Pain

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Dr. Aron D. Rovner offers a variety of treatments for lower back pain at his New Jersey and New York City area practice. He works with patients of all ages, and will provide a thorough evaluation to determine the problems underlying your discomfort. He will recommend the best treatment option for your needs, beginning with non-surgical therapies. If lumbar surgery is necessary, he uses the latest technology to perform advanced, minimally invasive procedures that can effectively address your pain and improve mobility with reduced recovery times. If you suffer from back pain, contact Dr. Rovner today to schedule your consultation and evaluation.

An Introduction to Spinal Anatomy

Your spine is composed of 24 articulating vertebrae, and nine fused vertebrate. Each articulating vertebra is separated and cushioned by a fibrous disc. Together, the vertebrae and discs surround and protect your spinal cord, which controls sensory, motor, and autonomic functions throughout the body. The spinal column is categorized into five sections, and from top to bottom are: the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum, and coccyx. The last five articulating vertebrate in the spinal column are the lumbar vertebrate, which bear a disproportionate amount of weight compared to the other spinal joints. Therefore, it is not surprising that these vertebrae are especially prone to injury, and are often the source of back pain.

Exploring the Sources of Lumbar Back Pain

  • Herniated discs: Also known as a slipped, bulging, or ruptured discs, this condition occurs when the jelly-like inner core of one your vertebral discs protrudes through the layer of ligaments surrounding your spine. You may feel a sharp pain where the spinal material has torn these tissues, or pain or tingling in the leg if the disc is pressing against a nerve.

  • Degenerative disc disease: As you get older, the cushioning discs between your vertebrae can begin to break down. This can cause wear and tear to adjacent vertebrae, and can make you more susceptible to a herniated disc.

  • Spondylolisthesis: This condition causes one of your vertebra to slip forward, eventually leading to a narrowing of the spinal canal, spinal deformity, or nerve compression. Spondylolisthesis can result from trauma, sports injuries, and birth defects, and most often affects the fifth lumbar vertebra.

  • Radiculopathy: Radiculopathy is when one or more of the nerves in your spinal column are compressed, leading to numbness, tingling, and pain along the length of the nerve. There are several things that can cause radiculopathy, including a herniated disc, osteoarthritis, thickening ligaments, or a bone spur.

  • Sciatica: Your sciatic nerve runs from your lower back and down both legs. When this nerve is compressed, usually by a herniated disc or a bone spur, it can cause mild to severe pain, numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness in the leg.

  • Stenosis: As part of the aging process, the open spaces between the spine can begin to narrow. With the progression of stenosis, pressure on the spinal cord can build, leading to pain and numbness in the lower back, legs, and buttocks.

Seeking Treatment for Your Lower Back Pain?

If you suffer from back pain, a limited range of motion, tingling in your legs, or similar conditions, it is time to find the relief you deserve. Schedule your appointment at New York Spine and Sports Surgery and learn how you can take control of your life.