What Causes Mechanical Back Pain

Mechanical back pain, usually felt in the lower back, is one of the most common types of chronic pain. The lumbar spine, made up of the five lowest vertebrae, absorb most of your body’s weight whether you are moving or standing still. As a result, this area is more susceptible to injuries and pain. The pain may be attributed to one of several sources. When we find the right diagnosis, we can find the right treatment path to bring you back to health. Causes include:

1. Herniated discs

Herniated discs are most common in the lower back. When the fluid-filled discs between vertebrae bulge or are irritated, pain in the area is the result. Herniated discs can be caused by repetitive stress or acute strain or pressure. They are also more common as people get older.

2. Back or neck strain

When a muscle or tendon is overstretched, pain and swelling can result. The muscles in the affected area may go into painful spasms. You may also experience stiffness and difficulty moving. Strains usually heal on their own over time. We can provide treatments to help you regain mobility and reduce your pain while you heal.

3. Lumbar spinal stenosis

This sort of chronic pain can develop when the nerve root passages along the spine narrow. This leads to nerves being compressed which can cause serious pain. Lumbar spinal stenosis is most common in older adults. Physical therapy, pain killing medications, anti-inflammatories and special injections can all help reduce pain.

4. Osteoarthritis

Arthritis can affect all of the joints in the body, including those in the spine. Arthritis is caused by strain over years. It is most common in older adults. There is possibly also a hereditary factor, as people are more likely to suffer from arthritis if their parents did. When these degenerative changes happen in the spine, medication and physical therapy can help you find pain relief.

5. Fractures

Vertebrae may fracture when they are exposed to significant trauma, such as a fall or a car accident. These fractures may not always be diagnosed right away. In some cases, a compression fracture may not cause pain right away but will become more painful over time. X-rays and other tests can help diagnose a fractured vertebra so we can start a course of treatment to help you heal.

6. Spondylolisthesis

This condition develops when one vertebra moves forward over the one beneath it. The resulting position can lead to muscle spasms and symptoms that are similar to those of sciatica. This condition can be diagnosed when we run tests to find the source of your back pain.

There are many conditions that can be causing the pain that you are experiencing in your lower back. Our staff uses years of experience with pain care to discover what is causing your pain and to find an appropriate treatment. We will create a customized regimen that will help you heal, increase your mobility and get you back to your life. Are you experiencing mechanical back pain? Get in touch today.