At KureSmart Pain Management in Westminster, MD, we understand that chronic, persistent pain can interfere with day-to-day activities. Even acute back pain can limit your mobility and quality of life. Back pain is extremely common and is one of the top reasons people call off work. Our goal is to help reduce your pain so that you are able to return to your normal activities. Our pain management experts will first want to identify the source of the pain. Once we find the source of your pain, then we will design a specific treatment plan to help you find some relief.
Anatomy of the Spine
Your vertebral column (spinal column) is made up of twenty six bones called vertebrae that are stacked one on top of the other. In between each vertebra are intervertebral discs that act as shock absorbers or pads. The vertebrae are held together with a serious of muscles and ligaments. The main job of your spinal column is to protect the spinal cord but it also gives your body form and function. Your cervical spine make ups the first set of vertebrae and includes your neck. The mid-section of your back is called the thoracic spine and is the longest section. Your lower back is referred to your lumbar region. Lower back pain is the most common type of pain we treat. Everyone has most likely experience lower back pain at some point in their life. It can be a pain that comes on gradually or one that is sharp and sudden below the waist.
Causes of Back Pain
There are many causes of back pain. Bad posture, injury, aging, strenuous activity, diseases, heredity, over stretching and stress are just a few causes we often see. Back pain is a common symptom of other conditions we treat including:
- Degenerative Disc Disease – This is a disease where the intervertebral discs gradually begin to deteriorate as we age. These discs will become stiff and will cause pain in that area. Degenerative disc disease can occur in any section of your back.
- Disc Displacement – Disc displacement is when an intervertebral disc is forced out of place. This will cause pressure and irritation to the nearby nerves in your spinal cord. It can also lead to pain and weakness in your arms or legs. It is most commonly seen in your lumbar region resulting in lower back pain but is sometimes seen in your cervical spine.
- Facet Joint Syndrome – This condition is also known as osteoarthritis. The facet joints are in between each vertebra and enable your back to be flexible and bend and twist. These facet joints can become swollen and painful due to aging, injury, or pressure overload.
- Herniated Disc – A herniated disc is a fairly common condition that can occur anywhere along the spine. It is most commonly seen in the lumbar region though. It is also referred to as a slipped disc or ruptured disc. Each disc has a soft, gel-like center and a herniated disc is when that soft center pushes through its strong outer layer. As it spills out, it can cause compression of the nerves or spinal cord causing intense pain.
- Post Laminectomy Syndrome – Also known as a failed back syndrome, post laminectomy syndrome is a persistent pain after a laminectomy, spinal fusion, discectomy, or surgical procedure falls into this category. The pain can stem from scar tissue formation at the site, surgical complications, or an incorrect beginning diagnosis.
- Sciatica – Sciatica refers to any problem involving the sciatic nerve. This larger nerve runs from your lower back and down the back of each leg. It can be caused by a herniated disc or a bone spur that puts pressure on the nerve. It typically only affect one side of the body.
- Spinal Stenosis – When the small spinal canal that holds the nerve roots becomes compressed, this is called spinal stenosis. This pinching of the spinal cord or never roots will cause pain, numbness or weakness. It typically occurs in the lower back and neck area and is mostly caused by aging.
Treatment for Back Pain
Back pain treatment can vary greatly depending on what condition is causing it and how you injured yourself. We offer many types of treatment and will create a plan of action once we do a thorough evaluation. Our team of highly trained doctors at KureSmart Pain Management in Westminster, MD help patients manage and reduce back pain through personalized care that utilizes minimally invasive treatment options. Our consultative approach to pain management helps patients find treatment options that provide long-term relief from debilitating back pain.
Schedule an Appointment
If you are suffering from persistent back pain, it’s time to let the back pain specialists at KureSmart Pain Management help you find some relief. We serve patients in Annapolis, MD, Chestertown, MD, Easton, MD, Fort Washington, MD, Glen Burnie, MD, Kent Island, MD, Laurel, MD, Leonardtown, MD, Olney, MD, Bowie, MD, Waldorf, MD, Dundalk, MD, Dunkirk, MD, Germantown, MD, Catonsville, MD, Mt. Airy, MD, Owings Mills, MD, Towson, MD, Westminster, MD, White Marsh, MD as well as in Dover, DE, South Lyon, MI, and Novi, MI. Call one of our many office locations today or schedule an appointment online.