Back & Neck Pain - Common Reasons Why You Have It
Back pain ranks as one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. Back pain can affect everyone from adolescents to the elderly and can drastically affect quality of life and also lead to conditions affecting other parts of the body.
The Spine Program at Texas Health Presbyterian Flower Mound effectively treats a wide range of back and neck conditions. Below are some common causes of neck and back pain.
1. Lifestyle / Stress
If properly addressed, most back and neck pain issues can be treated WITHOUT surgery.
Back pain is often triggered by lifestyle changes and stress that can begin to affect the spine. Slouching, lifting heavy objects, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, and even how you sleep can contribute to discomfort, pain, and ultimately lead to more severe conditions.
Stress and unhealthy lifestyle habits can also cause back and neck pain due to muscle tension and atrophy.
2. Herniated or Bulging Disc / Pinched Nerve
Among the most common causes of back and neck pain are herniated or bulging discs, which can irritate nerves and cause pain. The rubbery cushions (discs) between the bones can rupture or bulge and press into nerves in the spinal canal, which can trigger muscle weakness and pain. While surgery is often not required, it is sometimes necessary to relieve pressure on the affected nerves.
This condition can be caused by a traumatic event or disc degeneration that occurs with age. Pain relief and recovery is possible with proper treatment.
3. Spinal Stenosis (Shrinking Spine Space)
Spinal Stenosis is a common cause of back pain. It is a condition where spine space becomes narrowed, and the spinal nerves become compressed. This can cause symptoms including cramping, numbness, weakness, and pain in the arms and legs. In severe cases, it can lead to bladder and bowel issues. The condition is most common among adults over the age of 50, but can occur at any point in adulthood.
When a lower back vertebrae shifts forward, backward, or to the side, it can lead to a spinal disorder known as spondylolisthesis.
We're Here to Help
Contact Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Flower Mound if you suffer from back pain and receive treatment from a back specialist. Our team can quickly diagnose the issue and create a specific treatment plan, which may include medication, lifestyle changes, or surgery. Contact us by calling 469-929-9497 or filling out the consultation request form on the side of this page.