Six common causes of orthopedic back pain

Six common causes of orthopedic back pain

Back pain is a common problem that affects millions of people worldwide. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including arthritis, strained muscles, herniated disks, osteoporosis, sciatica, and scoliosis. Orthopedic back pain is a type of pain that affects the bones, muscles, and joints in the back.

"As healthcare providers, it is important for us to not only treat the symptoms but also to diagnose the root cause of orthopedic back pain," says Michael M. Farris, PA, ARC Orthopedics. "This allows us to provide effective treatment options and prevent future occurrences."

What are some common causes of lower back pain?

  1. Arthritis
    Arthritis is a joint disorder that causes inflammation and pain. It can affect the spine and lead to back pain.
  2. Strained muscles
    Strained muscles occur when muscles in the back are stretched too far or torn. This can be caused by heavy lifting, poor posture, or sudden movements.
  3. Herniated disk
    A herniated disk is a condition in which the soft tissue inside the spine bulges out of place and puts pressure on nerves in the back. This can cause severe pain and discomfort.
  4. Osteoporosis
    Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become weak and brittle. This can cause fractures in the spine and lead to back pain.
  5. Sciatica
    Sciatica is a condition in which the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back to the legs, is compressed or irritated. This can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in the back and legs.
  6. Scoliosis
    Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine curves to one side. This can cause back pain and make it difficult to stand or sit for long periods.

"Prevention is key when it comes to orthopedic back pain," says Farris. "By maintaining good posture, engaging in regular exercise, and practicing proper lifting techniques, we can reduce the risk of injury and minimize the occurrence of back pain."

When to seek medical attention

If you experience severe or persistent back pain, it is essential to see an orthopedic doctor or physician's assistant. They can diagnose the cause of your pain and provide treatment options, such as physical therapy, medication, or surgery. It is also important to seek medical care if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Numbness or weakness in your arms or legs
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control
  • Fever or chills
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Pain that is worse at night

"Back pain can significantly impact a person's quality of life," says Farris. "Our goal as healthcare providers is to provide personalized care that addresses each patient's unique needs and helps them to return to their daily activities pain-free." Learn more about ARC Orthopedics and how to schedule an appointment today.

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