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Why does my back hurt?

Spine Pain Can Be Due To Any Of The Following:

If your pain goes down into your legs or arms, the most common cause is a disc herniation. This herniation can result in inflammation of the area around the discs and effect exiting nerve roots, which causes the pain down the legs or arms. (See illustrations below)

  • Usually the pain is worse with sitting or bending forward
  • Epidural Steroid Injections and Nerve Root Blocks can resolve the inflammation and help your body heal
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There are many other causes of Back and Neck Pain:

Strain or sprain of the muscles and ligaments of the spine

  • This is the most common cause of back and neck pain
  • It usually resolves with medications, time and physical therapy

Myofascial Pain Syndrome where there is ongoing spasms of the muscles

  • This is a common cause of ongoing pain after a muscular injury
  • Trigger Point Injections help your body resolve these spasms
  • Myofascial Release Techniques in physical therapy often help your body heal

Joints around the spine, called Facet Joints, can become inflamed and cause pain in the back and neck, especially after an injury such as an auto accident

  • This is a common cause of isolated pain in the back or neck
  • Usually the pain is worse with standing and bending backwards
  • Facet Joint Injections can resolve the inflammation and help your body heal

Sacroiliac Joints can become inflamed and cause pain in the buttocks and lower back that goes down the leg

  • This problem is common after a fall or auto accident
  • This can also happen after fusion of the spine since the decrease in spinal segment motion can cause increased stress on these joints
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injections can resolve the inflammation and help your body heal

Spinal Stenosis is a condition where the central or nerve root canals are narrowed resulting in pain in the legs with prolonged standing or walking

  • This problem is more common with increasing age
  • Epidural Steroid Injections can decrease inflammation and soften the ligaments around the spine which can decrease the narrowing and help your symptoms to resolve
  • If effective, this can be repeated up to three or four times per year
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